According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City have identified Leicester’s Harry Maguire as their No.1 replacement for the departing Vincent Kompany, although they may have to pay a world-record fee for him.
Pep Guardiola was extremely impressed with the England international after his side’s 1-0 win over the Foxes at the Etihad earlier this month, and even complimented the 26-year-old on his performance.
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Brendan Rodger’s side won’t want to lose Maguire, who signed a new five-year deal last summer, but are City right to make him their No.1 target to replace Kompany? Football FanCast’s writers have their say…
“There is simply no way to replace Vincent Kompany. Bestowing that level of expectation upon any new defensive signing would be criminally unjust, but Maguire has plenty of credentials to ease the burden of his departure. Not only is he a colossal presence at the heart of defence, he is technically astute and an infectiously likeable character, just like Kompany. They’ve both got distinctively over-sized heads as well, so what more reason do City need to bring him in?”
“It seems odd for City to target a player like Maguire, given the multitude of options available. One would think that Kostas Manolas or Kalidou Koulibaly would be more befitting Guardiola’s system but Maguire, one supposes, is both home-grown and possesses a Premier League pedigree. Is he good enough? It probably doesn’t matter, given that City have three of the Premier League’s best defenders already in Walker, Mendy and Laporte, plus one of the best goalkeepers in Europe in Ederson. Maguire will simply have to get better at passing the ball but, ultimately, he’d probably slot right in and be absolutely fine, especially given that City usually have about 70% of the ball every game.”
“I think Maguire is the perfect replacement for Kompany. He is a homegrown central defender that is willing to throw his body on the line for his team when needed, but is also more than capable in possession and at bringing the ball out from the back. The threat he can provide in the air in both penalty areas – one of the team’s few weaknesses – is another benefit to signing the Leicester man. City’s rivals will be quaking in their boots again if Pep gets this one over the line.”