Harry Maguire is likely to join Manchester City this summer after huge contract offer gives them an advantage over rivals United, as per the Mirror.
The Englishman is apparently set to complete a world-record £80million switch to Manchester City this week after being the subject of a transfer tug of war between Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, both of whom are chasing defensive reinforcements for very different reasons.
City are rumoured to be prepared to pay Maguire a huge £280,000-a-week to leave the Foxes and move to the Etihad this summer.
The defender is considered to be a natural successor to Vincent Kompany, who recently left City to re-join Anderlecht, the club he left 11 years ago. So, what does that mean for the Blues current starters?
As it stands, Manchester City have Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones at their disposal in the central position.
Frenchman Laporte made the 2018-19 PFA Premier League Team of the Season after a mightily impressive first full campaign in English football and doesn’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon. And while Otamendi has apparently admitted he would be open to a move away from Manchester this summer, the Argentine also noted he isn’t actively looking for a way out.
That leaves John Stones. The Englishman made 24 Premier League appearances last season but managed just 239 minutes in the final 10 games as City closed in on their second title in a row, ultimately finishing a point ahead of rivals Liverpool. But why?
The England defender was once considered one of the brightest young talents in English football in his playing days at Everton. However, the poor run of form he experienced would suggest that he has somewhat fallen off the wagon of late and could quite easily be perceived as a lack of faith shown by Pep Guardiola. And that’s hardly surprising if his recent UEFA Nations League performance is anything to go by, with his “stupid” decision leading to a Netherlands goal which would subsequently see the Three Lions out of the competition, according to former stars Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.
With the Premier League as tight as it is, there is no room for error, and Pep Guardiola, who will be chasing the hat-trick, might just turn to Harry Maguire to free John Stones of pressure. Where that leaves the former Everton man, however, remains to be seen.
Manchester City fans, who would you play at the back if Maguire arrived? Do you think Stones is in danger? Let us know in the comments below…
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