Phil Jones is being considered by Manchester United as a potential makeweight in any deal to bring Harry Maguire to Old Trafford, according to The Telegraph.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has blasted the two bids for the England centre-back, labelling them as ‘not anywhere near’ the valuation placed on Maguire, per the Metro, while ESPN suggest the Foxes value him at £80m.
He said: “Harry is a top-class player, and has attracted the interest of a number of clubs.”
“Any conversation with me and a player would be private. If a team like Man City or Man Utd are interested, I understand the attraction. We’re relaxed because until the valuation is met, there’s not a decision to be made.”
Obviously, Jones has had persistent injury problems during his time at Manchester United, with Transfermarkt collating the former Blackburn youngster has missed over 10 games a season since 2013/14.
Indeed, former Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce even questioned the decision to hand him a new deal earlier this year when speaking to talkSPORT, suggesting he didn’t believe the 27-year-old was worthy of a contract extension due to his injury issues.
Still, it’s not as if the England international doesn’t pull his weight when he does play. Indeed, he recorded the third-most (WhoScored) blocks and interceptions of anyone in the United squad last season, so his game obviously does have some pluses.
Sir Alex Ferguson was a very big believer in the England centre-back, and Jones’s statistics last season in comparison to Maguire’s show he can still come good for the Red Devils.
Last season showed that Maguire and Jones were similar in all defensive areas bar clearances made per game. Jones won more tackles (1.1), interceptions (1.3), committed fewer fouls (0.5), and made the same number of blocks (0.6) than Maguire. These stats show that the two players aren’t too dissimilar, so perhaps splashing £80m on Maguire would be somewhat unwise.
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