Today we will be pausing our season ending reviews for 2018-19 and we will speak a bit more about the current transfer window and what Manchester United are doing on the market. There are some news regarding Man United targets, but also Paul Pogba, that will help us get a rounder picture on the club’s business so far.
Maguire Wants To Leave Leicester
Manchester United are getting closer to signing Harry Maguire from Leicester City. Reports from Monday reveal that Maguire has told Leicester management and players he wants to pursue a move to Man United or Man City, if the valuation is met. John Percy from The Telegraph revealed that today, also reporting Leicester expect Maguire to remain professional if a move does not materialize before the transfer window.
However, the asking price is right now too high. United are quoted to want to go as far as 80 million pounds, while Leicester apparently rate Maguire at 90 million pounds. Both sums would make the 26-year-old the most expensive defender in the history of football, but would that be worth it?
The fact is that Man United need a centre-back and they need one badly. Maguire would improve the Devils’ defence and that is what is necessary. Still, the fact that Man United have decided to only go for talented British players in the transfer market has made other English clubs aware of it and trying to extort crazy sums of money. It is a similar case with Sean Longstaff – and we will be talking about that in a minute – where clubs know that the pool of players United could sign is much smaller than with other clubs. That is why Man City have cooled their interest in Maguire and are not considering him seriously for such a bloated transfer fee.
Real Madrid Cool Interest In Pogba
These are not really news in a usual way, but rather lack of. And that should be good news for Man United, as it looks like Paul Pogba could easily stay at the club for another year. According to The Guardian, Man Untied have received no bids for the World Cup-winning Frenchman, as Real Madrid’s interest in the midfielder apparently cools down.
This could be down to a couple of reasons, a combination of Man United’s clear stance on Pogba’s future, sending messages of the player 100 per cent staying at the club, and the fact that Real Madrid have already done a lot of business in the market. For landing Paul Pogba they would need even much more than the reported 100 million they have paid for Eden Hazard and in order to get that much money, offloading a handful of players would be necessary.
Newcastle Unrealistic About Longstaff Fee
And the last, but not the least, the latest news about potential Sean Longstaff move are that Man United still have not made an official bid for the midfielder, but the Devils would reportedly want to pay 20 million pounds for him. In this market, that would be an okay price, even though Longstaff only played eight times for Newcastle in the Premier League.
On the other hand, Newcastle want 50 million pounds for him, which is objectively ridiculous fee and something Man United will not pay. Still, the interest is there…