According to the Daily Star, Manchester United are now the favourites to sign Harry Maguire this summer.
Following the Leicester man’s exploits in Russia at the World Cup, it’s only natural that some of the game’s biggest clubs should be showing an interest in signing the 25-year-old.
England’s hero this summer is of course an excellent centre-back, and his rapid climb to the top from a career that began with Sheffield United has been extraordinary.
For Mourinho to sign Maguire off the back of this summer would be a mistake though, not least due to the vastly inflated fee the Foxes would now demand for their man of the moment.
Maguire’s playing style, that marries being comfortable on the ball, dribbling skills and excellent distribution with defensive awareness, aerial dominance and physicality is the blueprint for the ideal modern centre-back. Maguire is far from being the only centre-half in Europe who boasts these qualities.
The Bayern Munich man endured a particularly torrid time with Germany in Russia this summer. Not only was he part of the group to be ousted from the competition during the group phase, but his individual performances were rightly singled out for criticism.
Bayern have already stated that they’d allow Boateng to depart this summer should a suitable offer be made. United should pounce at this opportunity to pick up a currently out of favour player for a bargain price.
They should do so because class is permanent, and Jerome Boateng, despite what he’s shown in recent weeks, remains a world class player. Things have gone stale for him in recent times at Bayern, but at 29, and at the lowest point in his illustrious career, Boating will have a point to prove.
A change of scene could now be the best thing for him, and if Mourinho can get the German back to his best then it’ll be the injection of real quality United’s ailing back line needs.
The likes of Rojo, Smalling, Jones, Bailly, Lindelof and co. are crying out for a leader at the back. An in form Jerome Boateng can fill that role and start once again playing the kind of football that Harry Maguire, and so many others, have modelled their own games on.