Manchester United were reported by Sky Sports and a number of other reliable sources to have made a bid in excess of 70 million pounds for Leicester’s City’s centre-half, Harry Maguire, as their bid to find a top class quality defender to partner Victor Lindelof continues.
It was reported last week that both Manchester United and Manchester City were willing to pay the maximum of £65m for the 26-year-old, but it seems now that the Reds have gone further to prize away their target by outbidding the Citizens.
While the Red Devils’ manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s desire for home-grown British young players have singled out Harry Maguire as the only sensible option to sign, the amount it would require to purchase him will undoubtedly be a record-breaker. But is he worth the cash?
Let’s take a look at some stats:
Harry Maguire in 2018/19 made 31 appearances for Leicester, keeping a clean sheet in just 6 out of them. His 55% tackle success and 37 interceptions are also considerably low for a defender who commanded so much hype. He was good with clearances and duels though; he made 152 clearances, won 181 duels and 118 aerial battles.
While Maguire is obviously a good option, he’s definitely not the world-class player that we should aim for at that kind of money.
Paying between the range of £45m – £60m is acceptable, seeing as Man United just acquired Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for £50m, but anything beyond that is just crazy and outrageous.
Incredibly, Toby Alderweireld is now available for £25m though it is a little bit of a surprise that he is no longer being linked to Manchester United. Some might argue that the Englishman is younger than the 30-year old, but signing the Belgian has its advantages too.
The UEFA Champions League finalist’s Premier League and International experience is the first standout advantage.
The Reds need a leader at the back and who else can do that than a player that has played in vast number of competitions and gained a lot of experience? Also, he has proven to be a solid defender, boasting of better stats in comparison to the Leicester City’s center-half.
Other than him, Axel Tuanzebe is a very talented defender and I, for one, think that he is going to develop into a world class player.
If Toby is signed, he will no doubt be a model who Axel can look up to, setting a lot of examples for him in the process, so that when the time comes after 2-3 years and Toby Alderweireld starts to decline, the perfect replacement for him would be no other than Axel Tuanzebe.