Manchester United could be on the verge of our third signing this summer as we have agreed a deal with Leicester City for Harry Maguire, according to reports.
The 26-year-old has been a wanted man since last summer and Jose Mourinho’s failure to attract him to Old Trafford. But now it appears Old Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to persuade the England international to put on our famous red shirt.
The Independent are reporting that we have made a breakthrough in our negotiations with Leicester for the centre-back, claiming that the move is now ‘imminent’.
Should we be successful in our chance then you can expect our chances to finish in the top four to improve. Right now the bookmakers don’t have faith in Ole and co to bring Champions League football back to Old Trafford, but Maguire would certainly go a long way towards that. You can check out the most trustworthy bookmakers over at https://www.soccerbetting365.com/bookmakers/. But remember, even if you have experience betting on football online, you are still in danger of making some common mistakes. For those punters who are interested in getting big bonuses should be careful with the type of bookmakers they registered their selves in. some bookmakers offer up to a €200 as bonuses while others offer as little as €10. So make sure you know exactly where you place your bets.
Harry Maguire has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League over the past two seasons since he moved to the King Power Stadium from relegated Hull City. The Tigers are understood to get 20% of any transfer deal.
The report suggests that we will be paying £70 million up front for Harry Maguire, and a further £10 million in add-odds. This would make the total transfer fee a world record for a defender, surpassing Virgil van Dijk’s £75 million move from Southampton to Liverpool 18 months ago.
Should the Maguire transfer be pushed through in the coming days it would be our third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Daniel James from Swansea City and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. James will add a lot of pace down whichever flank he lines up on, whilst Wan-Bissaka is a strong defender who likes to bomb on from his right-back role.
Ole appears keen to bring young, British players to Manchester United. We are also being strongly linked to Newcastle United’s 21-year-old Sean Longstaff. A central midfielder is a must following the departure of Ander Herrera to Paris Saint-Germain.
There is no doubt that the boss needs to sure up our defence after we looked so vulnerable last season, hipping a club record 54 goals in a single Premier League season. We never settled on a centre-back pairing, with Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly all getting time there.
One would imagine Maguire would partner Lindelof as our first-choice central defensive partnership provided we complete the signing of the Leicester man. The Swedish international came on strong last season
Although both Maguire and Lindelof are predominantly left-sided centre-backs, the England international has played well on the right in Leicester’s defence to cover for Ricardo Pereira previously.
Harry Maguire would certainly be a big upgrade on both Smalling and Jones, and at 26, he has plenty of years ahead of him. He was a starter for England as they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup last summer under Gareth Southgate but has no experience of European football. Though we’re only in the Europa League this season.
We shall have to wait and see if this transfer goes through as what appears to be expected. There are still more than two weeks of the transfer window left for Leicester to find a replacement, and they already have Jonny Evans, Wes Morgan, Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu on their books anyway.