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Manchester City: Harry Maguire would be far from just a back-up

Manchester City: Harry Maguire would be far from just a back-up

Great news: the Daily Mail have reported that England defender Harry Maguire would snub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United for a move to rivals, City.

It’s surely unsurprising that the man affectionately known as Slab Head apparently prefers a move to Premier League champions Manchester City, who secured an impressive domestic treble last month with a 6-0 victory over Watford in the FA Cup final, while United slumped into sixth place following another disastrous post-Ferguson year, which has left them without a Premier League title since 2013 – their longest drought since the 26 year stretch between 1967 and 1993.

City are reportedly chasing two new centre-backs this summer with Atletico Madrid apparently keen on taking Nicolas Otamendi off their hands and Vincent Kompany recently departing after 11 years with the club to take over as Anderlecht’s player-manager.

And while the Sky Blues have two very capable players in John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, we’re absolutely sure that the quality of Maguire wouldn’t simply be used as a backup – especially as WhoScored ranks the Leicester higher than Stones in tackles, interceptions and clearances made on average per game. Strength in depth and all that, right?

In fact, it’s probably fair to say that no one at City has a place guaranteed in the starting line up. Laporte might widely be considered the first choice – making 15 more appearances than Stones – but even the likes of Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane have been rotated by Guardiola, so the idea that Maguire would be coming solely as a back-up could be wide of the mark.

Alongside Stones (as well as Kyle Walker), the former Sheffield United man has proven effective when playing either in a back three or a more conventional two-man central unit for England, so there’s little doubt he’d afford the Spaniard a decent amount of tactical versatility. Yes, the apparent world-record fee the Foxes are thought to want might be off-putting, but there are obviously pros in this potential deal.

Manchester City fans, would you be happy to see Maguire join? Who would you play him alongside? Let us know in the comments below…

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