What impact Harry Maguire would have at Man Utd revealed by former Leicester team-mate | Football | Sport
Simpson played in the same back four as Maguire for the last two seasons, following the centre-half’s £17million switch to King Power Stadium in 2017.
The England international is now five times as valuable in Leicester’s eyes, which is proving a sticking point in the player’s future.
It is believed the player wants to leave The Foxes and join either of the Manchester clubs but the 2015/16 Premier League champions will not budge in negotiations.
United had their worst defensive campaign since the inception of the Premier League in 1992 and are in desperate need of a new centre-back while City are keen to replace the void left by Vincent Kompany.
But whichever side Maguire joins will noticeably benefit from his impact, believes Simpson, whose contract in the east Midlands expired in June.
“I’m a United fan so I’m a bit biased,” Simpson told talkSPORT.
“But United want to get back to the top and City have lost Kompany. Wherever he is this season he’s going to improve that team.”
United made enquiries about Maguire last summer and Simpson can understand why England’s elite club are trying to sign the 26-year-old.
“I’m not surprised that United and City are in for him,” Simpson opined. “For me he’s one of the best defenders.
“He’s a top lad and he’s only going to get better.
“He’s improving, he’s a leader and he can be wherever he wants to be.
“The way he brings the ball out from the back and organises everyone is quality.
“He wants to go all the way to the top and I think if he does go to one of those two teams, he’ll kick on straight away and take it in his stride.”
Maguire signed a long-term contract with Leicester before the 2018/19 season, pinning him to the club until June 2023.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the player but the club are tentative to meet Leicester’s wish and make Maguire the most expensive defender of all time.
It is expected United will try to seal the deal before pursuing other targets such as Bruno Fernandes and Sean Longstaff.