There’s something amusing about Leicester’s latest blow in their attempt to sign a replacement for Harry Maguire.
United’s have now confirmed Maguire’s arrival after a long pursuit stretching back a year.
It is being claimed now by Sky that Leicester have been quoted £75 million for Nathan Ake by Bournemouth, one of their preferred replacements. As a result they are giving up on the move.
It’s hard to have any sympathy for them, after they inflated the market for Maguire’s overly priced fee.
United paid it, because we can, but it’s clear Leicester have made it difficult for themselves by failing to sign a replacement beforehand.
There’s a reminder here for us, about Paul Pogba and how we handle his situation.
It looks like Pogba is staying this summer, but if and when he does leave in the future, it’s essential to sign a replacement first.
Clubs already hike their prices up when it’s United.
When they know United have £100 million plus to spend, the market will get even crazier.
This is why reports this summer suggesting United would wait to decide Pogba’s situation before signing a replacement made little sense.
United need to sign a replacement first, whether it be this summer, January, or next summer, or beyond. This way we can exert some degree of control over the market.
Who knows, bringing in an extra midfielder or two might even convince Pogba his long term future lies at United, with the team more competitive.
Either way, it’s just smart business to be proactive, and avoid the trap Leicester have just fallen into.
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