Harry Maguire’s career is a roller coaster. He was once seen as the future of the centre-back position. He is now treated by fans as if he is washed and nothing more than a benchwarmer at Manchester United. From England’s next best thing to a national laughing stock, Maguire has had quite a journey. Is there a lifeline for him? Well, it seems like there is. And it comes from Paris Saint-Germain. The Parisians are reportedly ready to offer Manchester United £50m to acquire the 30-year-old defender. But why?
Harry Maguire is still (theoretically at least) Manchester United’s captain. That being said, he has only started 5 Premier League matches all season and English fans have lost faith in him.
Last December he was possibly England’s best player in the World Cup and some believed that this might kickstart his resurgence. But he never regained his manager’s trust. Paid £200,000 a week, Maguire is one of the most expensive backup players in the world. That does not bother PSG’s Qatari owners, who reportedly tried to sign him last January.
After two great seasons with Leicester City, United acquired him on July 2019, for £80 million, still the most expensive defender transfer of all time. Six months later he was named club captain by then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
His first season was a success, at least personally. But things started falling apart in 2020, when he was arrested in Greece and was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and attempted bribery. Since then he has been inconsistent, to say the least. He does have the talent, as shown in the World Cup. But there are major issues with his game.
Man United captain Harry Maguire is a shock £50m summer target for PSG, who already put a deal on the table for the defender in January!🤯👀
— helpbet.com (@HelpbetC) March 10, 2023
Should PSG have bought Maguire back in January, he would have joined Marquinhos, Sergio Ramos, El Chadaille Biitsiabu, and injured Presnel Kimbembe, as the club’s centre-backs. He would also become the first English player to play for Paris Saint-Germain since David Beckham’s retirement in 2013.
The two teams seemingly agreed and Maguire was ready to rent a moving van to Paris, but they ran out of time and the transfer could not be completed.
A month later, the Parisians were kicked out of the Champions League and the centre of defence was obviously the team’s Achilles heel. Kylian Mbappe expressed his concern and said that getting to the Round of 16 might be PSG’s ceiling. The board wants to raise that ceiling and create a better centre of defence is among priorities. Apparently, Maguire is once again among the team’s main targets for the upcoming transfer window.
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