HARRY MAGUIRE is “growing to accept” a summer exit from Manchester United – with a Champions League giant already on his trail.
But it means boss Erik ten Hag taking a hit of around £40million on the £80m United paid Leicester for the England centre-back four years ago.
The Mail claim both club and player are moving towards agreement on a departure in the next transfer window.
Ten Hag has settled on Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez as his first-choice defensive pairing.
And he’s even chosen left-back Luke Shaw above Maguire in the middle.
The Three Lions’ duo were, however, picked together when Ten Hag rested Varane and Martinez for Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win at Leeds.
Maguire is under contract until 2025 and earning about £180,000 a week.
But West Ham were interested in a January loan move and Inter Milan are said to be serious admirers.
The second-placed Serie A club also reportedly inquired about borrowing him last month ahead of a possible bid in the summer.
Maguire has admitted he “doesn’t want to get used to” his bit-part role.
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But he has also insisted he expects to get plenty of game time as United’s fixtures pile up.
After returning to play the whole game at Leeds, he said: “It’s not about me, it’s about the club being successful and I want to be a part of it.
“I’m the captain and I put the team miles before myself. Whether I’m playing or not, I want the team to do well.
“I’m still getting my minutes. Everyone wants to start games, and it’s disappointing when you don’t.
“You have four international centre-backs at this club and there will always be two who are unhappy. I just have to be ready when the chance comes.”