Man United & Leicester’s Harry Maguire
Man United and Leicester fans may be forgiven for a sense of deja vu on Tuesday.
That’s because rumours linking Leicester centre-half Harry Maguire with a possible move to Man United are back again.
BBC reporter Simon Stone has confirmed that Man United have a genuine interest in England international Maguire.
Of course, Man United were strongly linked with Maguire following England’s semi-final appearance at the 2018 World Cup.
Will Man United sign Harry Maguire?
Simon Stone has reported on social media that Manchester United “are interested in Maguire and (Crystal Palace’s Aaron) Wan-Bissaka but that doesn’t mean deals imminent or even likely.”
It does seem Man Utd are interested in Maguire and Wan-Bissaka but that doesn’t mean deals imminent or even likely. Most Premier League clubs have financial power now and another three weeks before pre-season training starts.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) June 10, 2019
26-year-old Maguire is under contract at the King Power Stadium until 2023.
Writing on the BBC website, Simon Stone also confirms that “the Foxes have no wish to sell the player.”
The BBC also note that Leicester have previously indicated that Maguire’s price tag is valued at £70 million.
Man City & Maguire
Sky Sports have claimed that Man City could also make a move for Maguire this summer.
Of course, Man City will be without Vincent Kompany next season, after he agreed to become the new player/manager at Anderlecht.
Man City and Man Utd are set to go head-to-head for Leicester defender Harry Maguire after England’s Nations League campaign ended.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) June 10, 2019
So should Man City try to sign the Leicester defender?
Telegraph reporter Jason Burt has questioned if the transfer rumour makes sense for Man City.
But @JBurtTelegraph questions whether he is needed by either side.
🤔 What are your thoughts?
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) June 10, 2019
Comparisons with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk
Should Man United sign Maguire for the sum of money being touted, the England international would cost a similar amount to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
But is Maguire on the same level as the Liverpool centre-half?
That issue was discussed by reporter Simon Stone on BBC 5 Live radio on Monday night.
Cutting to the chase, the argument was made that van Dijk is simply a superior defender to Maguire.
😬 “Maguire is not in the same league as Van Dijk”
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) June 11, 2019