Maguire Transfer Updates: Manchester United is set to reject the latest approach from West Ham United for Harry Maguire.
Manchester United are set to reject West Ham United’s latest proposal for out-of-favour centre-back Harry Maguire, according to reports.
The Irons are said to have resumed talks with the former Manchester United captain after a £30 million deal fell down earlier this month.
With Maguire expected to accept a £70,000 weekly pay drop in order to move to the London Stadium, where he would earn £120,000, he is expected to demand a substantial payment from Manchester United.
The 30-year-old’s contract at the Theatre of Dreams is set to expire after two seasons, and Man United’s initial offer of £6 million was apparently rejected by Maguire, who wants a greater compensation to leave the club.
West Ham are reportedly willing to increase their first £30 million offer in order to assist cover Maguire’s payout, but Man United will still reject the Irons’ most recent bid, according to talkSPORT.
While Manchester United would have been pleased to offload Maguire earlier in the transfer window, the report indicates that Raphael Varane’s recent injury has made Erik ten Hag anxious to keep him.
Maguire Transfer to West Ham seems over as the Red Devils turned down the offer for the Former Captain
Varane was substituted at halftime in the weekend win over Nottingham Forest, though it is unclear how serious the Frenchman’s problem is, and Victor Lindelof was preferred over Maguire to replace him.
However, with left-back Luke Shaw – who has also surpassed Maguire in the central pecking order – sidelined for several weeks due to an injury of his own, the Red Devils face a mini-injury crisis in the heart of the backline.
Ten Hag may only have Martinez, Bailly, Lindelof, and Maguire as centre-back options for Sunday’s trip to Arsenal, with Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe already left as free agents, and any West Ham deal for the latter will thus be rejected.
Furthermore, Bailly is poised to leave for Saudi Arabia before the end of the transfer window, while the Red Devils have yet to finalise a one-year contract with Jonny Evans following his pre-season return.
Even before the injuries to Shaw and Varane, Ten Hag stated repeatedly that he wanted to keep Maguire, despite removing him as captain at the end of the 2022-23 season.
Last season, he started just eight Premier League games and three Europa League matches for Manchester United, and he has yet to play a competitive minute this season.
Despite a stumbling block in settlement negotiations with the club, Maguire is said to be open to leaving, as England manager Gareth Southgate has informed him that his place in any Euro 2024 squad could be jeopardized until his playing condition improves.
Maguire has seven goals and five assists in 175 games for Manchester United since his £80 million transfer in 2019, which remains the world record fee for a defender.
After failing with their first bid for Maguire, West Ham bought former Arsenal centre-back Dinos Mavropanos, concluding a £18 million agreement with Stuttgart.