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Speaking to The London Economic, Leicester legend Steve Walsh has suggested that Harry Maguire would be a “massive acquisition” for Manchester United.
Reports in recent weeks had claimed that the Red Devils are still somewhat short of matching Leicester’s valuation of the defender, but it now appears United may finally be looking to get a deal done before the end of the transfer window.
And Walsh has insisted that Maguire would be a dominant defender at Old Trafford, and claimed that his transfer fee would represent value for money in the modern market.
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He said: “For Man United obviously he’d not be the final piece in the jigsaw but he’d be a massive acquisition for them. Man United have always had a dominant big centre-back and a captain really and I guess you could see him fitting in well.
“When everyone says £80million is a lot of money it’s not really in a market when you’ve got a player of his calibre, because he’s a sought-after player and it’s his style of play and you don’t get many big lads like him in the modern game.”
As prices for players continue to get inflated, spending big-money on Maguire could well make both financial and footballing sense for United in the years to come. The 6 foot 4 defender has been a monstrous presence at the heart of defence for both Leicester and England, and would certainly offer United a certain steel and aura.
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Indeed, as Walsh alludes to, the Red Devils have had their fair share of “dominant” centre-backs in history, with the likes of Steve Bruce, Jaap Stam, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, amongst others, springing to mind.
Whether Maguire can live up to the billing of those illustrious names, if he joins United, remains to be seen, but he would no doubt represent a significant signing for a back-line that conceded a disappointing 54 goals in the Premier League last season.