Here we are again, then. The summer transfer window is open and as per usual Manchester United are linked to every name under the sun.
The Red Devils have a number of areas that need improvement and with one of those being at the back, it’s no shock that they’re in for Harry Maguire, per The Daily Mail.
The Leicester City defender didn’t have the best of times against the Netherlands for England in their UEFA Nations League semi-final, but he’s still more than good enough to start at Old Trafford, especially considering he’d be competing with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for game time.
The Daily Mail have claimed that Maguire is a United target, but there are other interested parties. The England man is Gareth Southgate’s number one choice at centre-half and it’s hardly surprising that there’s plenty of interest in him.
Alongside United, the other team in Manchester are also supposedly after Maguire, and the Mail believes that if Maguire was to have a straight pick between the two clubs then he’d pick Man City, which isn’t too hard to believe given the two clubs’ current circumstances.
We all know how important it is to the top English clubs to have a wealth of homegrown talent on their books, and whilst the current crop of English players at Old Trafford is far from exciting, Maguire could go a long way to changing that.
The England man came through the ranks at Sheffield United before going onto play for Hull City and now Leicester, so he’s as homegrown as they come. All the Red Devils need to do is convince the 26-year-old that Old Trafford is a more attractive option than the Etihad, although that might be hard to do.
At the moment Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only has one reliable defender who can truly be trusted at the heart of his backline and that’s Victor Lindelof. If the Swedish international had someone like Maguire next to him, though, then Old Trafford would instantly become a tough ground to get a result from as a travelling side.
There will be loads of options for Solskjaer to improve his defence with this summer, but Maguire is likely high up the priority list due to his experience in England.
Whilst their chances of signing him look very thin considering the rival interest from Man City, you only have to look to Alexis Sanchez and Fred as examples of when the Red Devils have beaten their noisy neighbours to a transfer. Let’s just hope this one goes a little bit better than those two.