Manchester United To Break Transfer Record For Premier League Defender This Summer

Manchester United are willing to break their transfer record for a defender this summer and are considering going back for Leicester City's Harry Maguire after missing out last year.

You'd struggle to find a Manchester United fan who is happy with how the season has gone and they're probably all begging for the summer to come soon, as long as it brings the signings they need to make sure they aren't as poor again next summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to carefully consider which players he should let go in the summer and who he brings in to fill in the gaps.

It's easy to argue right now that the Red Devils need a right back, two central midfielders and a forward even before anyone departs Old Trafford.

Of course there is the need for a centre back that even Jose Mourinho was desperate for last summer, when the club were linked with every defender under the sun.

Harry Maguire's excellent World Cup led to him being one of the front runners but Leicester City wanted £60 million for the defender.

Now, according to the Evening Standard, Ed Woodward has told Solskjaer he can break the club record for a defender in the summer and Maguire is once again on the list.

Maguire was heavily linked with United last summer. Image: PA Images
Maguire was heavily linked with United last summer. Image: PA Images

United's draw with already relegated Huddersfield Town at the weekend, the latest in a long line of underwhelming results, confirmed they won't be in the Champions League next season.

That demotion back to the Europa League next season means the likes of Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane are likely to be out of the club's reach.

Maguire then would be a much more obtainable prospect, just two years after he joined the Foxes from Hull City for an initial £12 million.

United have seen how beneficial a defender with Premier League experience can be with Liverpool's transformation since signing Virgil van Dijk, who cost them a world record £75 million for a defender.

Van Dijk has been a bargain at £75 million. Image: PA Images
Van Dijk has been a bargain at £75 million. Image: PA Images

The £31 million that Mourinho spent on Victor Lindelof is the most the club have spent on a defender and they could have to nearly double it for a new centre back partner for the Swede.

It's likely Solskjaer could sell one of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones or Marcos Rojo who have all signed new deals in the past year.

Things surely can't go as bad as last season, unless the club don't even sign Harry Maguire.

Ryan Sidle

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