If you had any doubt about the football world going mad, Ed Woodward is apparently ready to match Leicester City’s £80m valuation for Harry Maguire.
Like a man with a spoon in a world full of soup, the club’s executive vice-chairman will do all he can to land the England centre-back – who The Sun claims has been told he can expect a five-year deal with £350,000-a-week at Old Trafford.
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I don’t think I have ever wanted a transfer not to happen as much as this one, even though Maguire would be an improvement on all of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s options in defence. Victor Lindelof could continue to develop and start to outshine the former Hull City defender, so don’t rule that out next season.
It’s ridiculous money to be offering a pretty average defender when United can’t afford to mess around in the transfer market. Milan Skriniar, Toby Alderweireld and Kalidou Koulibaly are all better options – just not bigged up in the same way Maguire has been why British media.
The report states that Leicester are holding out for a world-record fee if they are to lose Maguire this summer.
By joining United, Maguire would then reunite with Solskjaer’s No2, Mike Phelan, who gave the defender his first Premier League break when he was in charge of Hull.
Phelan also made him club captain in the 2016/17 season before he left for the King Power Stadium.
It’s a crazy price for a defender – especially one not half as good as Virgil van Dijk, who cost Liverpool £75m 18 months ago. They’ve not looked back since but why are we willing to pay more for Maguire?
Mind boggling stuff.