Transfer sagas are often viewed and reported as independent stand-alone events and unless a player-swap deal is on the cards, the news rarely shifts from one name to another in a single saga.
However, it is evident that the other ins and outs at a club have a significant bearing on all of their pursuits. This domino effect has led to some strong decisions being made, including the last-minute cancellation of deals as well as hurried attempts.
Now, a crucial deal for Manchester United may hinge on how the potential departure of another talent will develop.
According to the Irish Independent, Manchester United are willing to meet Leicester City’s pricetag for Harry Maguire only and only if they are able to sell Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker has appeared exit-bound for a while now, but most reports have painted a stalemate, with Inter Milan refusing to pay the alleged £80 million that United want for Lukaku.
However, more recent claims have suggested that Juventus too are in the fray for the former Everton striker and that may also pressure Inter to pay the full-price.
This will reportedly impact the Maguire saga, where it is United which is the side that has been adamant to not meet Leicester’s pricetag until now. It looks as if the funds from the Lukaku sale will facilitate the Maguire deal.
The Foxes have made it clear that they don’t want to sell Maguire and will only do so for their demanded fee, a stance similar to the one that United have taken for Paul Pogba.
This certainly seems to be the go-to approach for most clubs these days, wherein valued players are priced out enormously. However, with Lukaku’s deal looking likely to go through, this may finally pave the way for Maguire’s arrival at Old Trafford.