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Man United Confident On Beating Man City For This Defender: Is He Worth The Price For Solskjaer?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by the Daily Mail, Manchester United are optimistic about their chances of winning the race to secure the services of Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire during this ongoing summer transfer window. The same source has revealed that the Red Devils are confident that they can beat their local rivals, Manchester City in pursuit of the England international in this off-season.

The Daily Mail has also reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to agree on a £75m deal for the Premier League defensive ace with the Foxes valuing him closer to £85m this summer.

Maguire’s Stellar Form In English Football

Maguire enjoyed an outstanding season at the King Power Stadium last season when he put in a series of commanding performances in defence which helped his team claim an impressive 9th placed finish in the Premier League standings. He is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in English football so the addition of Maguire could prove to be a massive coup for the Red Devils as they look to turn their fortunes around for the better next season. 

The 26-year-old defender featured in a total of 32 matches for the West Midlands outfit in the previous campaign, scoring three goals across all competitions. On the defensive end, the Sheffield born talent made an average of 1.0 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 4.9 clearances per game in the English top-flight last term (Stats via whoscored).

The former Hull City prospect has also earned 20 international caps for Gareth Southgate’s England national team and has one goal to his name for his country thus far.

What Are The Leicester City Centre-back’s Strengths?

Maguire is a terrific defender inside his own half as he can win a lot of 50-50 duels which allows him to make some crucial interceptions for his team. He is a confident centre-half who can be a dominant aerial presence at both ends of the pitch. The English talent is also comfortable in possession and is not afraid to play the ball out from the back.

Should The Red Devils Cough Up £75m For Maguire?

If Man United can find a way to orchestrate a £75m deal for Maguire, then they should do it as there are not too many defenders of his ilk available in the transfer market. The English defensive ace will be well worth the price in the long run especially if he can help the Mancunian giants secure a top 4 berth in the Premier League standings next season.

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