Maguire one of three players Man Utd could use in shock Barcelona swap deal

Joe Williams
Man Utd captain Harry Maguire points instructions to his team-mates

Harry Maguire is one of three players that Barcelona are expecting Man Utd to use as possible makeweights in a deal for Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.

The Red Devils captain has taken some serious stick this season with the centre-back at fault for a number of goals.

There has been a feeling, although Maguire has had an awful season, that he has become a scapegoat for many supporters now with most Man Utd players not playing anywhere near their best.

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And now he could be heading out the club in the summer transfer window if Gerard Romero is correct with the Jijantes FC journalist naming Maguire as one of the players that Man Utd could use in a swap deal for De Jong this summer.

The journalist claimed on his Twitch channel that Ten Hag has asked for Netherlands international De Jong as a priority and Moreno added that Maguire, Alex Telles and Marcus Rashford are players Barcelona think Man Utd could offer in exchange.

He continues by saying that Scott McTominay and Anthony Elanga are two other players that Barcelona could be interested in seeing come the other way.

There have been numerous reports linking De Jong with a move to Old Trafford with his former Ajax boss Ten Hag leaving the Dutch club to take over at Man Utd at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Roy Keane recently insisted that he felt “sorry” for Maguire for being given the Man Utd captaincy too early on in his time at Old Trafford.

“I feel sorry for Maguire,” Keane told LadBible. “If you go into a big club, it’s like, imagine if when I came to Man United when I was 20 or 21, quite young, and they went, Oh, you’re the captain.

“I’d be thinking ‘That doesn’t say much about the rest of the group!’ Surely someone has got to be at the club a number of years to be captain.

“(Who should be captain) at United now? The fact we’ve got to discuss it or think about it is not good. It’s not good.

“Well, it’s not good that Maguire’s got it because he was only new to the club himself a couple of years ago.

“He was still getting used to (the club) and then all of a sudden he’s got that extra responsibility when he was trying to find his feet.”