Defenders on the Menu for Manchester United
The English transfer window is now officially open and teams can buy players again. This is set to be a massive summer in terms of transfers and it should not be long until we see some big teams and players making moves.Once one big move happens, it could set the ball rolling for an exciting summer off the pitch.
It is not secret Manchester United need a new right-back. It was a problem position from them last season with Antonio Valencia injured and Ashley Young unable to perform to the level expected of a Manchester United full-back.
The Red Devils do have Diogo Dalot, who joined from Porto last year but it appears his future could be in a more advanced position. This leaves a gap Manchester United must fill before beginning of next season and one man fits the bill nicely.
His name is Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the right-back enjoyed a tremendous season with Crystal Palace. The 21-year-old England Under 21 international was excellent defensively and going forward, catching the eye of several big clubs around Europe.
However, it appears Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to get his man and it is reported the club have already had one offer of £40 million refused by Crystal Palace. Manchester United are sure to return with another, improved offer to make Wan-Bissaka their man.
Betfair offer just 1/4 that Wan-Bissaka will be a Manchester United player after the summer transfer window closes. Manchester City are 8/1 while Tottenham Hotspur are out at 16/1.
The competition to sign central defenders this summer is going to be very interesting. There is a great deal of speculation surrounding Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax but the two Manchester clubs could be about to begin a battle for a player closer to home.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked with a move for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire. The England international was strongly linked with a transfer to Old Trafford last summer following an excellent World Cup campaign.
However, the transfer did not happen and Maguire enjoyed another good season in the Premier League with Leicester City before helping England to third place in the UEFA Nations League.
Leicester City do not want to sell the 26-year-old defender as Brendan Rodgers aims to build a team capable of challenging for the European places next season. However, if a big offer was to come in and Maguire wanted to leave, it would be hard to refuse.
The bookmakers have Manchester City as the favourites to sign Maguire in the summer transfer window at 8/11 with Betfair. Manchester United are available at Evens while Tottenham Hotspur are out at 20/1 with Ladbrokes and unlikely to become involved in what could be a bidding war.