One year can make all the difference in football. Just ask Harry Maguire.
The central defender made his name in the Premier League with Hull City a couple of seasons ago and caught the eye of managers around the country, finally ending up at Leicester City in a deal worth around £17m.
The move worked out well for the Foxes, with Maguire impressing one and all with his calmness under pressure as well as physical and mental strength. This was on display as recently as the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Having earned his call-up, Maguire became a regular starter for England and performed superbly at the tournament, even scoring an important header in the quarter-final against Sweden.
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Such has been his appeal, that now, Manchester United are ready to do what it takes to bring the tough center-half to Old Trafford. DailyMail are suggesting that Jose Mourinho has been impressed enough to splash the cash on Maguire, and United are readying a £50m bid for the player, almost triple the amount Leicester paid just a year ago.
But it won’t be that straightforward for the English giants to get their man, as Leicester’s Thai owners are aware of how talented Maguire is, and wouldn’t be willing to let go of him unless their hand is forced.
Add to this the fact that the transfer window is almost up, and we could be heading for a grandstand finish with this deal.
Mourinho has made it clear that defense is the first order of business for United, and despite having signed Diogo Dalot already, the boss isn’t satisfied with the status of his back line, and Maguire may well be the solution to his problems.
This, of course, could mean that either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling may end up making way for the talented 25-year-old defender.