Manchester United have reportedly told Leicester City to stick their ridiculous demands over Harry Maguire.
The Mirror report Leicester want a total of £90 million plus a further £10 million in add-ons. United are said to have exited the running.
It’s hard to be disappointed about this. United have made a sensible call.
£100 million is too much, and frankly, so would £60 million for Maguire.
We are not convinced that Maguire is a huge upgrade on Chris Smalling or Eric Bailly.
For the sort of money being discussed, United should be signing a major improvement, not a moderate one.
Just look at the fee Juventus are reportedly paying for Matthijs De Ligt, which Calciomercato report to be around £70 million.
Maguire is 26, possibly entering his peak, but he is not worth £100 million.
At times last season for Leicester he was exposed and his World Cup form for England seemed a distant memory.
We could probably talk ourselves into it, if a deal did come off at a reasonable price, but really, we aren’t that fussed if United don’t sign Maguire. Even if he moves to City.
There are more elite options out there, Kalidou Koulibaly, younger options, Ruben Dias, and proven options for a bargain fee, Toby Alderweireld.
Then there are up and coming defenders like Ibrahima Konate, William Saliba, or Dayot Upamecano.
United’s centre-back chase should not revolve around Maguire, and we are thankful the club have chosen to walk away from Leicester’s silly demands.
There’s a long way to go this transfer window, and if Leicester drastically drop their price, Ed Woodward may reconsider.
But even at £60 million, it would feel like United are paying an English premium, instead of signing the best player available.