Manchester United pursuits for a centre-back seem to be haunting them by the day. While their supporters may still hold hope with regard to Matthijs de Ligt signing for the clubs, reports are indicating that the club has alternate plans on the ready.
According to Sky Sports, both Manchester United and Manchester City will be looking to sign Harry Maguire this summer. The end of England’s run in the Nations League is believed to be the precipitating event in this pursuit.
While Maguire’s current club Leicester City is reported to be not willing to sell the 26-year-old defender, the source pegs his potential transfer fee to be in the range of £80 million.
If a deal is met, this would break the world-record for the transfer fee paid for a defender, slightly passing the £75 million that Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk. However, it is believed that neither of the Mancunian sides are willing to go that high.
The report also adds that Maguire won’t force a departure if a deal doesn’t immediately materialize as he is grateful for the trust that the Foxes have placed in him.
However, both of his alleged pursuers have big things to offer.
At Old Trafford, he is bound to get a financially superior wage package and a sure chance of starting as he’d be the solution to their defensive shortcomings. He also fits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s desired profile of promising British talent.
However, Man City and Pep Guardiola can offer Champions League football in addition to strong runs in the Premier League and a decent attempt for the Champions League title.
The report adds that if the Maguire deal fails, United will pursue Kalidou Koulibaly instead. In preparation of Maguire’s potential departure, the Foxes are allegedly looking at signing James Tarkowski from Burnley.