Manchester United report: Arsenal could solve Harry Maguire problem at Old Trafford
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is not in Erik ten Hag's plans – could Arsenal provide a solution?
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is set to leave this summer – and Arsenal could be the ones that the Red Devils thank for facilitating the move.
Maguire has failed to establish himself in Erik ten Hag's set-up since the Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford in the summer. The centre-back was given the captaincy early in his Red Devils career but it's now clear that he has no future at Manchester United, with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez establishing themselves as the first-choice central defensive partnership.
There is a worry, however, that United may not be able to shift their captain, due to the contract he's on, which has been described as "insane". Yet Arsenal might provide an unlikely escape route.
West Ham United are believed to be interested in three Manchester United stars, Maguire, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial. With the Hammers languishing towards the bottom of the table, there is an obvious need to strengthen this summer.
And with Arsenal said to be in "pole position" for £80 million-rated Declan Rice, it could well be the Gunners who finance a move for Maguire. United are expected to accept a huge loss on the England international – they bought him for around £80m – but an influx of cash at West Ham could give them more to spend on wages.
Maguire would almost certainly take a pay cut to leave for the London Stadium but would still be a high earner, should he make the move. Rather like when Manchester City bought Jack Grealish for £100m, West Ham may receive a windfall to rebuild, starting with Maguire, who is looking to rebuild his reputation.
Maguire has consistently been picked for England during his time at Manchester United, despite inconsistent form at club level. Under Gareth Southgate, however, he has been one of the Three Lions' more reliable performers, giving hope to any club that buys him that he can iron out his issues and thrive once more.
The 30-year-old is valued at €25m by Transfermarkt.
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Manchester United are looking to capitalise on their resurgence in the transfer market, with big new signings. Victor Osimhen is one option for €100m, Declan Rice is on the radar and Jeremie Frimpong could arrive as a new right-back. More outlandish theories include signing Kylian Mbappe and selling Marcus Rashford to Arsenal.
The Glazer ownership are not guaranteed to sell up – despite bids from lifelong fan, Sir Jim Radcliffe and Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has underlined the importance of positive mentality at Old Trafford.
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.
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