As we predicted a red hot rumour became a reality. Harry Maguire will play for Manchester United next season. To see a Norwegian being able to “lure” the England international away from Leicester City was a huge disappointment.
An agreed fee of £80million is said to be the reason for such as move to happen and of course it must be pleasing for Leicester City to gain £65million in two years and really setting these fees into perspecitve.
15% of the fee. minus what was paid for Maguire, will be handed over to Hull City who will of course be very pleased to see this deal happening. This move has been a story for over a year with Jose Mourinho also keen on the highly admired defender.
So what will happen at Leicester City, will Brendan Rodgers and “defender legend” Kolo Toure try to work hard with what they got at the club allready or will they make a move for one of the players said to be a target if Harry Maguire left.
Why Leicester City sold Harry Maguire is a riddle in itself as so many fans believe that the club does not have to sell. TCF believe the opposite, that the club looks to balance books and let the transfer fees gained be available for Brendan Rodgers to use.
This means that the club can afford to buy a player for a fee between £15 to £20 million, and then players such as Lewis Dunk and James Tarkowski are out of reach. We would probably see Gary Cahill signing. Cahill is a free agent and a player with experience and still not older than 33.
With young prospects such as Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic in the squad, there should be enough cover at the club to cope with the Maguire departure and instead use the money on offensive players and as said a winger.
TCF believe that a player could join, but to see Brendan Rodgers using £40million on Lewis Dunk (27) or James Tarkowski (26) makes no sense. We would not be surprised if Gary Cahill or another more experienced defender on a lot lower fee or even on a free will join the squad.
At the moment with Maguire gone the defensive area looks the weakest. A top six spot is in the “vanish zone” at the moment. The fact that we really don’t know who will play in the center of defense this season makes TCF worried and feel that selling Harry Maguire was a massive blow and really sad and difficult news to understand.
To settle a defensive partnership between two players and playing them together must be a big priority. Evans and Morgan are two that has played together before, but they are hardly seen as the partnership with a bright and long term future.
TCF can understand this from a financial point of view, but talking about sports and a way forward to improve, this is a massive set back and hopefully Toure’s experience and past as a World class defender can quickly settle a plan for this area to be covered.