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Maguire is linked with a summer exit from Leicester after a fine couple of seasons at the King Power.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City are said to be keen on signing the 26-year-old.
But Burley says it is a no-brainer for Maguire to choose champions Manchester City over United.
“Well Maguire will go to Man City if he’s got any brains and they want him, 100 per cent,” the former Chelsea ace said.
“And I think Man City do want him because Kompany has gone, Otamendi is still there but he’s not going to play much, John Stones struggled.
“If I was Harry Maguire and I had the choice I would walk to Man City and play for them ahead over Man United, 100 per cent.
“Why wouldn’t you? From a footballing perspective.”
Leicester are said to want up to £80million for Maguire, which would make him the world’s most expensive defender.
But Burley says that fee is not too steep going by recent deals in the transfer market.
“You’re talking about Kyle Walker who was more than half that as a full-back,” Burley continued.
“You talk £75m-plus for Virgil van Dijk, who’s worth probably double that now.
“Look, I’m not saying he’s the best centre-half in Europe, the likes of [Kaildou] Koulibaly is a better defender, there’s no doubt about that.
“[But] how many people are prepared to play the way City play as a centre-half? Not many.
“He’ll come out with the ball, he’ll pass the ball, he’ll take it under pressure, he’s got a good physical presence, he’s played in a World Cup semi-final.
“It’s not his fault they want £80m for him.”