Transfer Focus: £80m fee makes Harry Maguire too much of a risk for Man United

Manchester United are confident of completing a deal for Harry Maguire this summer, as reported by The Daily Mail.

What’s the story?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently busy determining what he needs in his United squad next season to make them a top four side and potential trophy winners again.

An area that needs definite improvement is in defence, with the Red Devils conceding more goals than all but one team in the Premier League top ten last season.

To that end, the club are targeting Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and The Mail say that the Old Trafford side are now confident of landing him ahead of rivals Manchester City.

The paper reckon that the £80m asking price is too much for City, but that United are willing to move close to the Foxes’ valuation of the 6 foot 4 centre-half.

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Is he worth that kind of cash?

Maguire truly arrived as an elite player during last summer’s World Cup and there’s no doubt his aerial ability and physical presence makes him a competent defender at the top level, but he doesn’t really have any unique attributes that puts him in a category of player that can make a real difference at United.

For an £80m fee you’d be expecting to sign one of the best defenders in the world or at least a player who has the potential to become that and Maguire falls short of that standard, with United likely able to get a player of similar ability for much less on the market this summer.

His age, 26, is appealing since he still has his peak years ahead of him, but he’s also not young enough that you’d expect some of his weaker traits to be improved upon such as his lack of pace.

A fee of that size would also put loads of pressure on Maguire’s shoulders, turning what should be a logical signing into something of a circus and ultimately making it all a bit too risky.

There are other options out there – Man United should pass on this one and play smarter in the market.