Manchester United Transfer News: Leicester City Rule out Harry Maguire Sale

Manchester United Transfer News: Leicester City Rule out Harry Maguire Sale

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BURNLEY, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Harry Maguire of Leicester City arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Leicester City at Turf Moor on April 14, 2018 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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Manchester United have reportedly put Harry Maguire at the top of their list of summer transfer targets, even though Leicester City have ruled out selling the centre-back.

A report from Dave Armitage of the Daily Star has said United, along with Premier League rivals Manchester City, are ready to compete for the England international defender who is rated at £50 million.

Armitage also noted how north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur “are believed to have had £40m enquiries knocked back in the January transfer window.”

However, Leicester manager Claude Puel has sought to quiet the rumours, by denying Maguire will be available, per BBC Sport:

He is a valuable player for us. It is just speculation. He came into Leicester and played and developed and he needs to continue to improve.”

He’s a young player with fantastic attributes, an international player, and it is a good thing to have this player at Leicester. He is an important player for us and it is important to give him a good feeling for the future, to build a good team around him and to keep a good ambition for the future.”

Puel is determined to keep Maguire.

Puel is determined to keep Maguire.Michael Regan/Getty Images

The Foxes sound determined to keep Maguire in the fold, despite the growing list of suitors. United have been on said list for a while, with more than one link emerging in recent months.

Maguire is seen as the ideal replacement for fellow Three Lions defender Chris Smalling at Old Trafford, according to Steve Bates of the Sunday People. Back in February, the Daily Mirror‘s Adrian Kajumba reported how Maguire had caught the eye of United chief Jose Mourinho.

Addressing issues at the back doesn’t seem like an obvious priority for Mourinho, not when the Red Devils have conceded just 26 goals in 33 league matches. It makes United the second-stingiest defence in England’s top flight behind only champions City.

United reportedly want a replacement for Smalling.

United reportedly want a replacement for Smalling.Michael Regan/Getty Images

Yet the numbers only tell a half-truth about United’s solidity at the back. The work goalkeeper David De Gea does to routinely save this team reveals a different story.

Mourinho is aware of any defensive frailties, though. Earlier this month, Duncan Castles of The Sunday Times reported Mourinho thinks the club’s season has been undermined by a lack of talent at the back.

Maguire is more than capable of boosting the ability within the Reds’ defensive ranks. Specifically, the 25-year-old is more comfortable in possession than either Smalling or Phil Jones.

An ability to launch attacks from deep isn’t the only standout facet of Maguire’s game. He’s also aggressive, both in the air and on the deck, with few attackers able to outmuscle and outpace the former Hull City ace.

Mourinho needs more help in front of De Gea.

Mourinho needs more help in front of De Gea.Ian Walton/Getty Images

Bolstering his defensive options would be a smart move from Mourinho, since his squad is loaded with attacking talent, albeit still lacking the right balance in forward areas.

Strikers Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez are all match-winners. United have the firepower to put up a stronger challenge for the title next season, provided there is greater consistency at the back in crunch matches.

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April 17, 2018 at 12:04PM

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