Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign Harry Maguire as soon as possible. And now it’s up to The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, to do his job and complete the transfer.
It’s worth noting that Leicester will not let Maguire leave for less than £80m, which is £10m more than United have currently offered. And while the player has repeated he is happy at the King Power Stadium, he would like to join Manchester United if there’s an agreement between both sides. In other words, he wants to move but also wants to leave a good amount of cash on Leicester’s end.
However, signing Maguire won’t be easy…
…because Manchester United could face stiff competition to sign the England international. Manchester City are also keen on the 26-year-old and can offer him Champions League football, while Manchester United will “only” play in the UEFA Europa League. But could this be a deciding factor for Maguire? Based on previous reports, this shouldn’t be an issue. Otherwise, United would have never been considered as a realistic destination for the towering defender.
What’s a reality is the fact that the Old Trafford outfit need to sign a defender as soon as possible. Especially after Eric Bailly suffered a knee injury during Thursday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Shanghai, China. Maguire would not only fill that void, but he would also become United’s best defender almost instantly. He represents an upgrade over the likes of Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
Let’s see if Woodward can complete Maguire’s signature before the start of the 2019-20 season. But there’s no question the Leicester centre-back would be a huge addition for the current squad. Especially after analyzing the club’s defensive woes last term.