Manchester United have been linked with a move for Harry Maguire all summer long, and have even had a bid rejected for the 26-year-old.
The Red Devils are also said to be interested in Napoli and Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly, however, will only consider the 28-year-old if they fail in their pursuit of Maguire.
Maguire has featured heavily in Leicester City’s pre-season fixtures so far, captaining the side, as well as scoring in their 3-0 win over Cambridge United.
Links with Maguire and Koulibaly make sense after a less than impressive season in the centre of defence for Manchester United. The club conceded the most goals they ever have in the Premier League last season (54), as they finished in sixth place.
Manchester United’s chase of Maguire is most likely due to the 6 foot 4 defender’s ability to carry the ball out of defence. Last season Maguire averaged 0.5 dribbles per game, which is more than all of Solskjaer’s current centre-back options (via WhoScored).
Despite the positives surrounding both players, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should prioritise a move for Koulibaly over Maguire. While the 26-year-old is good with the ball at his feet, Koulibaly has mountains of experience in European competition. He would be a valuable asset for the club in being able to reach the latter rounds of the Europa League next season.
Koulibaly’s experience is a key reason why he should be considered as the main centre-back target ahead of the Leicester City star. He would be a perfect fit for the club as they look forward to another season in the Europa League.
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