According to the Manchester Evening News, Harry Maguire is getting ready to meet to manager Erik ten Hag about his future and Manchester United has set a £50 million asking price for him.
The center-back’s 2022–23 season with the Red Devils was dismal. In all competitions, he only made 16 starts, only eight of which were in the Premier League.
The standard center-back pairing for Ten Hag was Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, while Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw were also chosen over Maguire.
When Martinez was unable to be selected because the management preferred a right and left center-back combination, Shaw made 11 starts in the position.
It is therefore evident that Maguire is the team’s fifth-choice center defender, although M.E.N claims that United are not actively trying to offload him this summer.
Maguire cannot be sold by United for less than £50 million. If Maguire were to go for the door leading out, the Red Devils feel they would require an improvement.
As things stand, Maguire might not be able to leave United until a fee settlement is reached.
After a new asking price, Maguire receives no response.
Maguire should be worried because he had a challenging season with the Red Devils.
Since his debut in October 2017, he has been England’s undisputed starter. Gareth Southgate, the manager, has cautioned him, nevertheless, that with the stiffer competition, he risked losing his spot.
The Red Devils captain may thus wish to seek out a new challenge outside of Old Trafford, but this is highly improbable if the club is unwilling to reduce its £50 million asking price for him.
With an additional 12-month option, Maguire’s contract has two more years still to run. He has beyond the age of 30, though, and no club will pay that much for a United peripheral player.
His current salary is another significant worry. Maguire made £190,000 a week last season, and once United qualified for the Champions League, his pay might increase even more.
He might require a substantial payoff from United in order to accept a pay decrease elsewhere. In our opinion, Maguire won’t be moving anywhere, but if United reduce the price to £30 million, the situation might change.