Manchester United agree with they want Harry Maguire so badly that they have agreed to pay Leicester metropolis £80m for the centre-back, who turns into the world’s maximum luxurious defender if he passes a scientific.
The price eclipses the £75m that Liverpool forked out to Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in 2018 and United hope Maguire will make an impact similar to the only the Dutchman has had at Anfield. Manchester city had been also eager on hiring Maguire but recoiled at the rate.
Leicester, who rejected decrease bids from United in advance inside the summer time, refused to budge, leaving United without a choice but handy over an exceptional sum or shop elsewhere. The membership saw no other appropriate option, specially after a preceding target, Matthijs de Ligt, left Ajax for Juventus.
If the settlement represents a negotiating victory for Leicester, it additionally leaves Brendan Rodgers with a huge hole to fill in his squad earlier than the season kicks off. He is possibly to make a circulate for Brighton’s Lewis Dunk.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, meanwhile, could be satisfied that his defence has been notably reinforced, with Maguire’s probably arrival following the seize of the proper-returned Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who joined from Crystal Palace for £45m.
United desire their signings will now not stop with Maguire. They continue to be keen on Paulo Dybala and feature requested Juventus about the supply of some other of their attacking players, Mario Mandzukic. Juventus say they’ll contemplate promoting the Croatia striker best if a change involving Dybala and Romelu Lukaku is going via. Each clubs need the switch to take place, and Lukaku is also glad with the arrangement, but they’re looking forward to Dybala to decide.
United have work to do in that regard. Dybala will not consider joining except he is a few of the membership’s top earners and is disturbing higher wages than had been presented. His picture rights, that are owned through an agency, and the money sought with the aid of his agents may also be stumbling blocks.
United have made their shielding revamp a concern, however. They conceded more goals than every other group in the pinnacle 1/2 of the most fulfilling League except for West Ham – and the toll could have been heavier nonetheless however for David de Gea, despite the fact that the goalkeeper had a substandard season.
Maguire, too, changed into a touch below his nice last season. He went into that campaign on the again of an great world Cup with England and a fantastic first season at Leicester, whom he joined from Hull metropolis for what has proved a good buy £12m fee (growing to £17m).
Despite the fact that he turned into often exquisite final season, he additionally had uncharacteristic lapses and his sloppiness spilled over into his performances for England inside the international locations League in June. That highlighted a fact that Maguire and United must address: although the 26-year-vintage is about to trade clubs for a world-record rate, he isn’t always but a international-class participant.
But he does have excellent qualities and a verified capability to rise to clean challenges, having performed his manner up from the decrease leagues to emerge as an England ordinary. Most of his appearances for his place of origin membership Sheffield United came in League One.
His mind-set is exemplary and not anything approximately his person shows he will create strife in a United squad whose mentality has been wondered in latest seasons. Solskjær has been at pains to make certain new arrivals deliver positivity, not preciousness.
Maguire’s aerial energy may also be a great addition to United’s backline. It become one of the factors in Leicester conceding fewer goals from set pieces closing season than another group within the most beneficial League. He is also strong in the address and a clever reader of play. Even though his number one obligation at United can be to relaxed their defence, most probably alongside Victor Lindelöf, particularly now that Eric Bailly faces four to 5 months out with a knee harm sustained during pre-season, he is also a great deal better geared up than the membership’s different centre-backs to release assaults.
He can play out properly from the again, blessed with a decent variety of passing, neat toes and a keenness for barnstorming runs forward. He’ll need to decide such surges well, but, due to the fact he does not have the rate to recover after giving floor to pinnacle forwards.
Maguire is a excellent player who could grow to be beneficial to United with the proper steering. It’s miles up to Solskjær to show the coaching abilties had to assist him carry out always to the extent required, which, presumably, at least means qualifying this season for the Champions League, wherein Maguire has in no way played.