Manchester United need a new centre-half, that much is a given. After all, this squad conceded 54 league goals in the Premier League last term.
The name that is constantly linked with an Old Trafford move is Harry Maguire, and today, another update on that saga has been provided by Alfredo Pedulla, who states that United are ‘getting closer’ to signing the 26-year-old centre-back.
Apparently, the signing is not yet complete but the deal is now approaching the final stages. United will pay ‘slightly’ more than the world-record fee Liverpool paid to sign Virgil van Dijk, with a deal set to cost €90m (£81m).
The Englishman would be a significant improvement on what United already have in the centre-back slot, and on paper, Maguire does feel like the perfect partner for Victor Lindelof.
Sure, it’s a lot of money but if anyone can afford it, United can. Not only is Maguire a far better central defender than anything the Red Devils have, he’d also bring a leadership quality to the table that has been seriously lacking.
I don’t like to harp on about the transfer fee but Maguire is at a similar stage to Van Dijk was when Liverpool spent big to get him. Hopefully, United can push this deal through as soon as possible and the Englishman will (hopefully) have a similar effect.