Manchester United have made no secret of their desire to sure up their defensive ranks ahead of the new Premier League campaign, but continue to be thwarted in their efforts of bringing in top players to Old Trafford.
But, according to Daily Mail, the Red Devils may be plotting a big-money move for one of the hottest young English talents from Leicester City in Harry Maguire.
The English giants have been linked with the tough defender since Maguire proved pivotal in England’s World Cup campaign, winning plaudits from several big clubs and inevitably raising his worth in the market.
The current Leicester City player was brought into the club from Hull City for a measly £17m, but if reports are to be believed, United could be planning a £65m bid to ensure he makes his way to Manchester.
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But they face a problem. With some money kept aside for signing more attacking players, manager Jose Mourinho would be unwilling to spend so much money without a monetary return of some sort, and a way to manage this could be by selling some of his own players.
United have already parted ways with one defender in Daley Blind, after the Dutchman rejoined his former club Ajax for around £15m.
But the Reds could also end up releasing either Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, or Marcos Rojo to make up for the prospective amount spent on bringing in Maguire.
Bailly suffered injury problems in his first season with the club, as did Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo at different points during the campaign, significantly reducing their impact on the team’s performance.
One problem, however, would be dealing with the deadline date this summer, which has been set as August 9th. United would, as a result, be desperate to get this piece of business wrapped up as soon as possible.