Manchester United has secured Harry Maguire for the record $97 million, a record for a player in this position.
Red Devils Find Their Man
After a weary 2018/2019 season in the English Premier League, Manchester United is returning in the transfer season on a strong note. With a now ousted Jose Mourinho, the team finally has a chance to align its players and bring much-needed fresh blood to its roster.
The Red Devils have agreed to pay $97 million for defender Harry Maguire, setting a transfer record for a player in the back position. While the deal with the 26-year-old soccer player is still subject to finalization, the soccer club is beginning to shape up as a strong contender for the 2019/2020 season.
A Fresh Transfer for Manchester United
Manchester has long had its visor set on Maguire, trying to acquire the player since the 2018 World Cup but repetitive refusals by Leicester got in the way. Finally, the team had agreed to sell the center back for a rather steep price which the Red Devils now seem to pay gladly.
Maguire has cost more than Matthijs de Ligt who was acquired by Italy’s Juventus from Ajax for the then record $85 million. A similar transfer occurred between Liverpool and Southampton when Virgil van Dijk, who was transferred for £75 million.
Manchester United seem keen on acquiring center back players who would allow them to play a more aggressive game without compromising their defence. The team relies on a number of established center backs, such as Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, and Axel Tuanzebe.
Strong Headwinds, Says Joe Cole
Ahead of the English Premier League (EPL), Manchester United will have to face a rather tough opponent in the face of Chelsea on August 11. The Blues showed a rather subdued performance in the 2018/2019 season, which may extend well into the new one.
Chelsea has also been reshuffling their squad, with Mason Mount now tipped to be the EPL’s up-and-coming start this season. According to Chelsea legend Joe Cole, though, neither Blues nor Reds will win this season’s title. According to Cole, Manchester City would dominate for a third year in a row with Liverpool coming a close second, possibly.
Yet, Cole also predicted that Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United will also have a very good shot at the second place. Of course, those predictions are anyone’s guess at this point. Liverpool demonstrated superb game in the Premier League last year and they defeated Barcelona in UEFA, coming back in a spectacular game for a total score of 4-3.
Still, at home Liverpool were outpaced by a single game by Manchester City who proved to be an insurmountable force in the competition. Some said that Liverpool had been too hard and too many fronts. Meanwhile, the Red Devils were in a complete disarray. Something that the interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær will seek to avoid at all costs.