Several European clubs are ‘laughing’ at Man United for the offer we have tabled for Harry Maguire, according to journalist Duncan Castles.
Man United have reportedly agreed a £80m deal for Harry Maguire with Leicester City, where the Red Devils are inclined to pay £60m up front, while a relatively guaranteed £20m will have to be payed in bonus.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been on a hunt for a Central Defender who can partner Victor Lindelof in the heart of our defense for next season and years to come, and it looks like, Harry Maguire would be the chosen one, albeit at a massive cost.
Liverpool Star Virgil Van Dijk is currently the most expensive defender on the planet after the Scousers bought him for £75m in 2018, however, Maguire is set to break that record, and as per Duncan Castles, it isn’t the smartest transfer decision on our part:
“I’ve talked to various people who are in charge of recruitment at European clubs who laugh at the transfer fee involved in this deal,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“£60m guaranteed, £80m in total, relatively easy achieved bonuses I understand.
“The suggestion is there is no way a club of similar stature in Europe would buy Maguire for anything like that kind of money.
“And he probably wouldn’t make it into the national teams of a lot of the top nations around Europe.
“I guess what those experts think and what we think about Maguire and whether it’s a clever switch or not is irrelevant – in a sense we will find out.
“He’s going to be put into a Manchester United defence that will be fortified by Wan-Bissaka who is very good defensively and we’ll see how big a difference that makes to the way they play.”
While, it is fairly obvious that the 26-year-old isn’t worth that kind of money, it seems like the transfer will proceed anyway.
In the past 5 years or so, we have had a habit to splash the cash and then regret the decision later, but hopefully, this won’t be one of those instances.
For now, let’s get behind the guy!