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Tottenham Hotspur Will Have To Pay £40m For This Man United Ace: Decent Option For Ange?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mail mentioned that Tottenham Hotspur will have to pay £40m for Manchester United ace Harry Maguire. It has been claimed that Spurs are showing interest in recruiting the England international this summer.

Maguire’s Difficult Season At The Theatre Of Dreams

Maguire endured a tough campaign at the Mancunian club recently as he struggled to earn regular playing opportunities under the stewardship of Erik ten Hag. The English defensive ace participated in 31 matches for the Red Devils in the previous campaign across all competitions.

The 30-year-old deserves some credit for averaging 0.5 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 2.6 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from the back after making 85.4% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Maguire is under contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2025. Thus, Spurs will have no choice but to meet Man United’s demands for their prized asset in this off-season.

Harry Maguire
VALLETTA, MALTA – JUNE 16: Harry Maguire of England is challenged by Henry Bonello of Malta during the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying round group C match between Malta and England at Ta’ Qali Stadium on June 16, 2023 in Valletta, Malta. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Is Maguire A Decent Option For Tottenham Hotspur Boss Angelos Postecoglou?

Maguire is a good tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to secure the ball back for his team when he is playing with confidence on the defensive end of the pitch. Standing at 1.94m, the England international can use his strong frame to win a few important 50-50 aerial duels for his side. Maguire usually clears the danger when required but is prone to making errors at the back which he needs to rectify to make the most of the rest of his playing career.

Still, there is no denying that the English talent has got a wealth of Premier League experience under his belt and is well-equipped to make an instant impact at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if Angelos Postecoglou can find a way to get him on board before the start of the new campaign.

Maguire would add more bite and steel to Tottenham‘s defensive department. He could even help the North London club challenge for a top-four place in the English top flight next season. With all things considered, Maguire would be a good, short-term option for Postecoglou to consider this summer.

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