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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial left and San Jose Earthquakes defender Guram Kashia battle for the ball Manchester United forward Anthony Martial left and San Jose Earthquakes defender Guram Kashia battle for the ball Credit AP
Jennie Wade | 25 July, 2018, 22:06

Leicester defender Harry Maguire is eager to "play at the highest level" as talk of a big-money transfer to Manchester United builds.

His impressive displays were at odds with his inconsistent performances for United last season.

And that alerted Jose Mourinho to his talents in an area of his squad he is looking to strengthen.

"I would like to play against Leicester on Sunday but I have to play on Friday, so you don't get always in life what you want", the United boss went on.

Manchester United and Manchester City have both been linked with Maguire but it is Jose Mourinho who now appears to be winning the race to sign him.

"I told already", he answered when asked what it will take for him to be happy with the midfielder. "Of course, when we welcome them [Maguire and Jamie Vardy] back I hope we can to give them the opportunity to continue their ambition and perform in the Premier League".

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Smalling shares a laugh with Anthony Martial at UCLA Credit MANCHESTER UNITED

It is understood Mourinho is set to offload the former Monaco forward after failing to impress during the pre-season tour.

"I don't think it is a case of us getting the best from him but a cae of him giving the best that he has", Mourinho said.

"This feeds the concentration of a player, so I think it was the flawless environment for him".

Mourinho has been in a downbeat mood ever since his side touched down Stateside, due to being without a huge amount of first-team regulars, who are now on holiday after their exploits at this summers World Cup in Russian Federation.

"The first match of the season is against Leicester and the second one is against Brighton", Mourinho said.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed a successful two seasons at Juve but is believed to be interested in a new challenge although he was coy about his future recently when welcoming new signing Ronaldo to Juventus.

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