United Still Being Linked With Maguire
Manchester United are still considering a move for Leicester City central defender Harry Maguire. That’s if reports today are to be believed.
United were linked earlier this month with a move for Maguire who put in a series of assured performances for England at the World Cup finals this summer.
The Mail On Sunday claims the Red Devils are prepared to go as high as £65million for the 25-year-old who was signed by Leicester from Hull City last summer for a fee of £17million.
But United boss Jose Mourinho knows he must sell one of his current central defenders before he can buy. That means an exit for one of Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo or Eric Bailly. Ivory Coast international Bailly looks most likely to stay. However, there has been no interest in either Smalling or Rojo.
Meanwhile, Leicester are expected to make an offer to Maguire that will see him improve his £75,000-a-week wages. The Mail claims Foxes boss Claude Puel has already spoken to two potential replacements in Barcelona’s Colombia international Yerry Mina and Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.
United To Trigger Additional Year For Martial
Meanwhile, Manchester United are likely to trigger Anthony Martial’s one-year contract extension with the club. The France international’s current deal runs to 2019 but the club have the option of triggering an additional year. That now seems likely to happen.
It was reported earlier this week that with Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku both only having finished their World Cup duty last weekend the pair wouldn’t return to training until the week before the new season. United kick off their campaign with a home game with Leicester City on the evening of Friday 10 August.
Neither Rashford or Lukaku are expected to start that game meaning the chance of a place in the side for Martial. The Frenchman fell down the pecking order in the second half of last season particularly following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez at the end of January.
Martial has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford. Chelsea and Bayern Munich are both interested but neither are willing to match United’s valuation of the 22-year-old which some outlets are reporting to be as high as €100million (£89.3million).