The centre-back position is one of many problems at Manchester United currently. You’d feel that after some huge defensive errors over the last twelve months, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will dip his toes into that market.
According to Sky Sports News’ sources, Manchester United and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head in the race to sign Harry Maguire.
Apparently, United and City want to sign the 26-year-old this summer, and will make their first moves now that the UEFA Nations League is over.
Understandably, Leicester City don’t want to sell Maguire, and although they don’t want to put a value on him, one source told Sky that the East Midlands club believe he’s worth £80million.
The article states that both Manchester club’s would be reluctant to pay that much for the one they call ‘Slabhead’, with United seeing Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly as the back-up option should a move for Maguire fall through.
First of all, I’d much prefer the club to go for Koulibaly over Maguire as I think he’s a far superior defender although he’ll probably cost even more.
Secondly, if City are serious about Maguire, I struggle to see any reason why he’d pick Old Trafford over The Etihad at the moment. They have Champions League football on offer while being perennial league challengers under Pep Guardiola. United are in the middle of a massive rebuild.
That said, he’d be a guaranteed starter at the Theatre of Dreams and I would love to see him in Red Devils colours.