According to the latest reports, Premier League side Manchester United is looking to step up their chase to sign Leicester City central defender Harry Maguire amid interest from their local neighbors Manchester City.
Last season, Jose Mourinho was in charge of Manchester United at the start of the season and the Portuguese manager was demanding a centre back to resolve his issues and stabilize the team. But the transfer board ignored his pleas and the club derailed off the tracks suffering a bad season.
Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a big task of trying to fix up the problems at Old Trafford and the Norwegian needs defensive reinforcements to take them to the next level. But with the transfer market inflation, United will have to pay a hefty sum in order to land a top quality defender this summer.
Harry Maguire has been the top transfer target for quite a few clubs in Europe and the 26-year-old seemingly justifies his price tag of around £70 million. However, Premier League champions Manchester City are also eyeing a swoop for the auxiliary centre back that can provide a tremendous upgrade to the current stock of defenders at Manchester United.
With the departure of Vincent Kompany from the City of Manchester Stadium, the English champions have a mammoth task of filling in the boots of the Belgian central defender.
Pep Guardiola’s side has the transfer funds to splash in the summer and Manchester United are now willing to compete for the English defender as they need to improve on their sixth-place finish on the table.
Maguire has signed a contract extension with Leicester City until 2023 and is content with life at the King Power Stadium. The central defender is appreciative of his status as one of the figureheads at the club as the Foxes will not sell him for cheap because they are well aware of his quality and potential.
With holes all over the back line in the Manchester United defense, the Red Devils need a top quality defender like Maguire at the club to reform their stature and status as a big club.
Manchester United really needs a big name defender who will add some quality to their defensive ranks this summer. The Red Devils are struggling in defense and the Glazers will have to spend the big bucks in order to sign Maguire if they need to beat them in the race against Manchester City.