Manchester United are willing to pay up to £80m for Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire, as per reports.
That figure would eclipse the current world record for a defender, which was set when Liverpool paid Southampton £75m for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.
Maguire has four years left on his contract and Leicester’s position all summer has been that he is not for sale.
The 26-year-old remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No 1 target at Old Trafford and has told Leicester he wants to leave before the transfer window shuts on August 8.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward decided not to travel out to the club’s pre-season tour to Australia and the Far East earlier this month to work on negotiations for incoming transfers.