Leicester City and England defender Harry Maguire is being linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium this summer, with the Premier League’s top clubs all seemingly interested in signing the player.
With Vincent Kompany announcing that he is leaving Manchester City and Pep Guardiola in the market for his replacement, Maguire seems to fit that bill perfectly and Man City are currently the favoured destination in the Harry Maguire next club latest betting odds.
The England central defender would join his national team partner John Stone if he were to move to the Etihad, but Maguire only signed a new 5 year contract at the start of the season, so Leicester will be able to demand a bumper transfer fee for the 26 year old.
The current World record transfer fee for a defender is the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers will want to keep hold of his prized asset, or at least get a huge fee for Maguire, which could eclipse that fee Liverpool paid.
Earlier this month Brendan Rodgers was asked about player transfers, he had this to say:
“All you can do is present possibilities.
“I have had situations before with players who have been linked with going to bigger clubs and you try to give an honest appraisal of it.
“I will speak to a player like I would speak to my son. I would give them the possibilities of staying and what it might look like being away. Then they are men and they have to make their own decision.”
Where will Harry Maguire be playing his football next season? We’ve taken a look at the odds for his next club and all these odds are from Bet Victor where you will get 3 free £10 bets if you sign-up and bet £5 on Harry Maguire’s next club.
Join favourites in the betting are Premier League Champions Manchester City, who have lost their talisman and club legend Vincent Kompany, who has moved back to Belgium to become player/manager of Belgium. That leaves a big void in pep Guardiola’s defensive cover for John Stones and Aymeric Laporte. Maguire would be at home at City with England teammates such as Stones, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, Fabien Delph and Phil Foden already at the club. He’s also be playing under the best manager in the world, for one of the best teams in the world.
The well documented troubles at Manchester have largely been down to a poor defence, who conceded 54 goals in the Premier League last season. Victor Lindelöf improved as the season went on but Eric Bailly got injured again and it is largely accepted that neither Phil Jones or Chris Smalling are good enough to start for Man United. Harry Maguire would slot straight into the starting line-up for Solskjaer’s side then, and he could build his new defence around the England man, with a right-back surely a priority to replace Ashley Young. There were reports last season that Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Maguire, but the move was blocked by Ed Woodward – so Solskjaer will need to convince the CEO it’s the right decision, and convince Maguire himself.
Another team who need to improve defensively ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League season are Arsenal. They were really poor away from home and still look lightweight despite Unai Emery taking over. A solid central defender is exactly what the Gunners need, with Mustafi no where near at the standard to play for a top 6 club. The transfer fee would likely be a big stumbling block for Arsenal, who might have to move some big names on before paying £70m+ for a central defender.
Spurs have a Champions League final against Liverpool to look forward to, but have also been linked with the Leicester defender. They are already pretty well covered in that part of the pitch though with Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen, but Toby Alderweireld has been linked with moves away from the club and youngster Juan Foyth isn’t quite ready to play regularly yet. With Vertonghen now 32 and Alderweireld possibly moving on, this could be the right time to make a move for Harry Maguire, but Spurs rarely pay big transfer fees for players and Leicester would demand exactly that.