Chelsea are keen to debate the potential for signing Harry Maguire as a part of a shocking swap cope with Manchester United that might see Christian Pulisic head the opposite approach to Old Trafford, reports claim. The Blues have been actively trying to sign one other central defender to play alongside Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly on the back but thus far top goal Wesley Fofana has proven to be out of reach with Leicester continuing to dig their heels into the bottom.
Now England international Maguire has emerged as a shock goal for the Blues, who’re once more trying to strengthen their backline after recently splashing £63million on Brighton wing-back Marc Cucurella.
The Mail at the moment are reporting that Chelsea have made a surprise enquiry for Maguire and the Blues could be open to signing the centre-back as a part of a swap deal that might see Pulisic move in the opposite direction.
United have already shown firm interest within the USMNT captain and so they are set to explore whether he could be available on loan in the ultimate two weeks of the transfer window.
Now Chelsea have raised the potential for landing Maguire and bringing him to west London as a part of United’s deal for Pulisic.
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Brendan Rodgers remain adamant that Leicester is not going to be selling their central defender, although a 3rd offer within the region of £80m could potentially swing the balance.
Maguire has had a troublesome time once more this season at Old Trafford after starting in each of United’s opening two defeats to Brighton and Brentford, respectively.
Erik ten Hag is predicted to drop his captain for Raphael Varane when Liverpool are on the town on Monday night.
The United skipper’s newly-devised partnership with £57m signing Lisandro Martinez has looked unconvincing and was ruthlessly exposed by the Bees, who put 4 goals past David de Gea in west London last Saturday once they cut Ten Hag’s backline to shreds.
In pre-season, Ten Hag had previously made it clear that Maguire was his first-choice centre-back however it appears that may very well be about to vary…
“We bring him in to not strengthen the squad, however the team,” Ten Hag said of recent boy Martinez. “Is Maguire a first-choice? I believe he’s.
“He’s proved it up to now but he also has to prove it in the current time and in the long run. He has played how over and over? Sixty times for England? He’s a profession that is basically impressive and I expect lots from him.
“But there’s also internal competition and that’s what a club like Man United needs.”
Ten Hag also made the choice to let Maguire keep the armband despite calls for him to elect a recent captain – now his future looks unclear…