Manchester United could sign £65m-rated defender on one condition

Manchester United are reportedly weighing up an approach for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, although they would have to offload a central defender first to recoup part of the funds.

According to The Mirror, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are the centre backs on the firing line but the latter appears the most likely to leave Old Trafford to compensate for Maguire’s arrival.

Rojo played an influential role during Mourinho’s debut season at the club but he could not make a similar impression last term with injuries and competition hampering his chances of regular gametime.

Despite this, Rojo was handed a fresh four-year contract in March but The Mirror suggests that the move was done with a view to maintaining his transfer valuation for the coming transfer windows.

At £65m, Maguire is certainly not coming on the cheap but with the age on his side, the Englishman can cement his position at the heart of United’s defence on a long-term basis.

Both Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have been in-and-out of the starting lineup since their respective moves to Old Trafford but Maguire may not suffer the same fate after impressing in the top-flight in recent years.


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