Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is attracting interest from a number of top Italian clubs, amid uncertainty over his future at Old Trafford, 90min understands.
In the midst of uncertainty regarding his future at Old Trafford, 90min understands that prominent Italian teams are showing interest in Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.
In United’s lopsided 3-0 loss to Sevilla on Thursday night, Maguire was at fault for the opening goal, which sealed his team’s exit from the Europa League at the quarterfinal stage. The first-choice center-back duo of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez both suffered injuries recently, which allowed the England international to reclaim his starting spot.
As Erik ten Hag tries to continue his Old Trafford makeover, 90min knows that United are willing to offload Maguire at the conclusion of the season. Some high-profile player departures are required to free up space on the pay bill and provide budget flexibility. Maguire is one of a number of first team players who, under the perfect conditions, might leave before the start of the new season.
United would want to collect a sum and complete a permanent transfer for Maguire, who is now 30 years old, but it may be difficult to do so while also recovering his £190,000 weekly pay. Although Juventus, Milan, and Inter are all interested in prospective loan deals with options to buy, the Premier League has shown interest.
In the given situation, such a transaction wouldn’t be ideal for United, but they may need to be adaptable in order to free up space to work around FFP restrictions and to ensure they sign contracts for players of acceptable caliber in important positions. The positions at center forward and central midfield should be filled first.
While it is thought that Maguire’s management believes that Serie A would be the ideal destination for the player if he were to leave Old Trafford, this is far from a guarantee at this time. Even if he does decide to stay, Maguire runs the risk of losing the club captaincy due to his diminished standing.
Varane’s history of injuries makes it necessary for United to frequently rely on a third player in that position, thus they would also prefer to add a new center back to help Varane and Martinez going ahead.
Last month, 90min reported on Ten Hag’s persistent interest in Ajax defender Jurrien Timber. Scouts also like Portuguese duo Goncalo Inacio and Antonio Silva, who play for Sporting CP and Benfica, respectively. Goncalo Ramos, a striker for Benfica who has been linked to Manchester United, would likely be sold first, and the club would seek a high price for Silva, their most recent academy standout.
The futures of Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are in doubt, and a right-back is also needed. David de Gea is still expected to sign a contract extension with fewer guarantees.