Manchester United may be forced to pay a higher percentage of the Harry Maguire fee up front, as reports suggest that Leicester are unconvinced the Red Devils will be able to offer the relevant add-ons for Champions League qualification.
Despite wanting Maguire's future sorted as soon as possible, as Leicester are holding firm over their £80m valuation of the central defender.
According to the Daily Mail, United's initial offer of £72m is set to be rejected by Leicester as the Foxes are not convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will be able to provide the various add-ons that bring the overall fee up to £80m - including finishing in the top four.
From a Leicester perspective, the Foxes are remaining relaxed over Maguire's future, as Brendan Rodgers recently commented (via the Leicester Mercury): “There’s a lot of speculation around Harry but he’s just got on with it. Like I’ve always said, we’re all pretty relaxed with it.
"There’s no discussion. I know you guys are looking for updates but there’s no change from the other night.
“We have two weeks left to go in the window for all of the players. I think it’s just a case of everyone staying focused.”
While the two clubs continue to hash things out behind the scenes, Maguire is so far keen to keep playing for Leicester during pre-season, having recently featured against Stoke City on Saturday.
Harry Maguire has been in that medical room for nearly a week now. Someone better check that he’s ok...— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) July 21, 2019
The Mirror claim that Maguire is willing to play as much as possible in order to be match fit when United are finally able to agree a deal to bring him over to Old Trafford.
The report also notes that Maguire is of the opinion that it would be counter-productive to sit on the sidelines in order to force through a move.