Maguire move gets close as Leicester City are linked with suitable replacements

The Harry Maguire move to Manchester United is not yet confirmed, but “silly season” is on and as that move comes closer, central defenders are linked and they are now up in numbers.

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Brendan Rodgers has been quoted earlier to say that he have the players he likes but his recent use of players in pre-season makes us all a bit riddled, with him playing Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans against Stoke City.

The fact that neither Wes Morgan or Caglar Soyuncu were playing in that starting line-up against Stoke, and instead played Rotherham United, tells a story of a situation not really solved and that Rodgers could, if Maguire leaves, try to sign a central defender.

Lazio defender Bastos, an Angola international, and seen as a player similar to Harry Maguire, has been mentioned today as a direct replacement. So what do we know about Bastos. A quick summary, 28 years of age, contract expire in June 2021, joined in 2016, from Rostov for a fee of 5,00 Mill. €. He is not the tallest defender, 1.80m, but seen as  player with flair. He has not played regularly for Lazio, only 18 league games in the previous season.

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Another name that has turned up again is Lewis Dunk. The 27 year old defender has earlier been seen as the ideal replacement for Harry Maguire and today rumours again appear as Aaron Webster is close to a move to Brighton.

Both these two are players not really much better than what Brendan Rodgers have to his disposal. The fact that Soyuncu and Benkovic are much younger alternatives and with Evans and Morgan both in their 30’s, would not really see any of the two alternative players as ideal.

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A pursuit to find another attacking midfielder or a flank should rather be the priority at this moment as the Harry Maguire move looks “done” one way or another by the transfer window shot. After yesterdays talk and the ongoing news on Maguire’s desire to move, it’s rather a “tug of war” regarding the price and not if the move will happen or not.

Denis Praet is one chased, for more linked players, have a look at our new fresh and updated, hot, cool and cold, list, you are welcome, interesting days coming up.

 

 

He is gone, Manchester United fans believe this rumour is true!

After a long wait, finally we will see the move of Harry Maguire to Manchester United. A move that has been on since last summer looks to find a final solution as Leicester City again will see another “big name” leave.

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A number of fans believe that a sale of Harry Maguire will not affect the clubs ambitions of a climb up the table, but TCF believe the total opposite. A strange strategy indeed to try to climb mountains and selling the best climbers.

Of course it can be possible to replace Harry Maguire at Leicester City, but to step into his shoes will not be easy. Leicester City will not slowly die because of this sale, but they will tell the rest of the clubs that this club is just a “stepping stone” and nothing more.

The problem for Leicester City is to define their own stature as Brendan Rodgers is eager to try to challenge the top six clubs. That will not happen if you sell your best players summer after summer.

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Manchester United left Romelu Lukaku out of their recent Norway tour squad and he will be trying to get a move to Inter, with a fee similar to the Maguire fee, and then Man Utd have the money to use on Maguire, without jeopardizing their transfer budget to use on other players.

We wish Harry Maguire all the best at Manchester United, he has been a great servant to Leicester City and done more than anyone had thought was possible and benefitted from playing with experienced players that made him take that climb.

No official statement to be seen yet, but certainly that will come sooner rather than later as this move has dragged out over the last couple of months.

TCF earlier described the situation at Leicester City as it is, and hopefully, with sales of a number of fringe players, money will be available for one more quality signing in the other end of the field.

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Wes Morgan, Jonny Evans, Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu are all good alternatives in the role of Harry Maguire. James Justin and Daniel Amartey are also players that can slot into a central defense role, so can’t see why the club should use money on a new central defender.

James Justin, seen as a right back alternative, could be the sensational replacement, with a bright future at top level, joining from Luton Town this summer.

In a poll published in the Manchester Evening News, Man Utd fans are happy to see Harry Maguire at MU, and believe his position should be strengthened and that the Leicester City defender fits the bill.

A poll at Leicester City fans forum Foxes Talk tells a story of a player that will stay at Leicester City, but TCF disagree with that and based on all the talk, rumours, possible transfer activity at the clubs going forward this move looks certain to go through.

OGS, our Maguire is not for sale, not at any price, we are not Leicester City or “Mickey Mouse”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sniffing around trying to unsettle players at other clubs buying them up for inflated prices and really shocking behavior by the manager of “the best club in the World”, as he himself describes it.

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Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley are doing what Top and Brendan Rodgers should do, just tell OGS to get his boots somewhere else and go fishing in a Norwegian lake. Without any interest from Man Utd, the agent group controlling the affairs of Harry Maguire, would not try to talk this move through.

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Manchester United fans “disguised as journalists” are the once “planting” new stories in the newspapers everyday and making up talk about this and tha. Everything said by managers are all to be in Manchester United’s favor.

Brendan Rodgers is clearly confused when getting questions he can’t answer, so why are our popular manager and vice-chairman Top not stopping this. Maybe because they cannot, due to some “strange” agreement or in need of money, nothing else would be unbelievable.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has today talked about the Ayoze Perez deal to Leicester City and admitted that he stupidly agreed to a clause in the Spaniards contract that made it possible for him not to stop that affair from happening. Ashley said he had learned and would not do something like that again, surely showing that he has no intention to “ruin” his own interests. as so many Magpies fans believe he would like to do.

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A bit of credit to Mike Ashley (seldom gets any) as he has together with Steve Bruce just stopped any speculation about a Longstaff move to Manchester United. TCF would have loved to see Top and Brendan Rodgers say the same about Harry Maguire, instead of dragging this out.

Where would Leicester City been with Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kantè in this team now, close to Man City and Liverpool, no doubt about it. But instead, clauses and gentlemens agreements, and a number of players who wish they were somewhere else, are making fans disappointed.

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OGS may get a player from Crystal Palace for £50million, but to sell Harry Maguire would be, especially if Leicester City don’t need the money, crazy. OGS did all of this in Norway, but over here clubs were happy with his check book and his buying of players since he had one of the richest men in Norway behind him, while other clubs were struggling to get their salaries paid.

So follow the example of Steve Bruce, simply tell Harry Maguire to grow up and forget Manchester United. Tell him such a move will not happen. But all of this “fog” must be based on a possible lie.

No date is set, no move is yet to be confirmed, no one knows if anything could happen and everything looks as down to the fact that £80million will be a price accepted by Leicester City. But why sell, when you don’t need the money, just to satisfy a player that the club desperately need in a team to progress further up the table.

The situation at Leicester City and their recent financial status, with the use of around £80million on new players this summer, based on earlier years activity could be what the owners would like to get in, without really using any money at all. Last season the sale of Riyad Mahrez was the one seeing the club not being £60million in loss, as that transfer made it all look very nicely and correct regarding financial fair play and also showing a 1,6 million gain.

Why Leicester City can see any “good reason” for selling Harry Maguire, is a riddle not easy to solve. But as mentioned above reasons can be what the club and their manager says is not the reason for a sale, so why on earth can’t this just be stopped.

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As a fan this is so boring, so irritating and really just telling everyone that “Leicester City” is a crap club, somewhere you need to fly from to become something in football. But no one cares as long as you play well, you can force your way into the national team as so many have done at Leicester City, but jumped at a chance to leave when “The Giants” comes around.

Newcastle United, a club with no “Mickey Mouse” on their sleeves, but seen as a bit of a sleeping giant, and that has no one ever said about Leicester City. A capacity growth to 42.000 could see a ground of greatness and hopefully build a broader fanbase, but with selling of the best players, that is the totally wrong way, and you have to convince fans instead of just letting them see where this club is heading.

The 5000/1 happening was a “fairy story”, the team of 2019/20 can be something very different, a clear indication that this club is ready to tell the World that they are a real football club and one to be counted for years to come, both in the Premier League and Europe, finally leaving that “Mickey Mouse” mark once and for all.

 

 

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