Man Utd name ‘highly unlikely’ Maguire asking price as centre-back ‘fights for place’ with Chelsea legend

Will Ford
Manchester United’s Harry Maguire looks on during the UEFA Europa League round of sixteen, second leg match at the Benito Villamarin Stadium, Seville. Picture date: Thursday March 16, 2023
Manchester United’s Harry Maguire looks on during a UEFA Europa League game.

Manchester United have slapped a £50m price tag on Harry Maguire that ‘is highly unlikely to be offered by any club’.

Maguire is up for sale this summer having lost his first team place last season to Lisandro Martinez, who is Erik ten Hag’s preferred centre-back partner for Raphael Varane.

Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw were also above Maguire in the pecking order last season, with the England international starting just 16 games in all competitions.

Despite that lack of game time, it’s claimed Maguire wants to remain at Man Utd, where he picks up a significant wage – thought to be around £190,000 per week.

That salary is a problem for potential buyers, just as his £50m price tag will be.

As Manchester Evening News point out, that’s a ‘figure that is highly unlikely to be offered by any club’.

Despite naming their price tag, it’s claimed Man Utd are not actively looking to sell Maguire – who joined the club in what remains a world record fee for a defender at £80m – as they would then have to recruit an upgrade to replace him.

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Maguire has been working with Chelsea legend Ricardo Carvalho for the last three weeks as part of a training programme in a bid to ‘fight for his place at Man Utd’ according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Alongside a picture of Maguire, Romano wrote on Instagram: ‘Here’s Harry Maguire training three times a day in Portugal… for almost three weeks now. He’s spending time with training one on one with ex Portuguese legend defender Ricardo Carvalho. Harry still wants to fight for his place at Man United and not give up, waiting to speak with Erik ten Hag about his future.’

According to The SunTen Hag will sit down with Maguire next week to ‘officially’ tell him that he will be stripped of the captaincy.

The report adds that the manager hasn’t reached a final decision on his next captain yet. Although, it is likely that attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes will be given the armband.