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Man Utd to bow to Maguire demands with perfect £35m-rated partner

Man Utd are reportedly ‘keen’ on a £35m-rated Premier League defender that would bring the best out of Harry Maguire.

Man Utd appear on course to secure the riches of Champions League qualification with multiple games to spare. Doing so would position the club ideally to launch a full-blown assault on the summer transfer window.

Closing the gap to runaway leaders Man City next season will require more than just good coaching.

As such, a busy summer is expected for Red Devils supremo Ed Woodward and co.

The headline acquisition would undoubtedly be that of goalscoring sensation Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian is the world’s most in-demand player right now, with agent Mino Raiola recently booking in his latest round of talks.

Speculation over defensive targets have also done the rounds despite Man Utd boasting a formidable defensive record.

Maguire is the club’s undisputed number one centre-back, but doubts remain over the viability of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof as his long-term partner.

 

Sevilla rising star Jules Kounde and Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane have both been linked. However, the Express now report a target much closer to home could be the solution.

They state that Brighton defender Ben White could be the answer, with the 23-year-old said to be ‘open to a move to Old Trafford at the end of the season.’

White rose to prominence with Leeds Utd in their promotion-winning campaign. Marcelo Bielsa’s side fought hard to bring him back on board last summer but saw multiple bids rejected.

Liverpool were also in the mix, but their attentions have seemingly shifted to RB Leipzig youngster Ibrahima Konate.

White would not bring the star power of French World Cup winner Varane, but a second Express report (citing the Transfer Window Podcast) details how he would be the perfect foil for Maguire.

Maguire is described as being ‘keen’ to play alongside a centre-half whose first language is English. Furthermore, he wishes to have a partner who understands the culture of English football and the Premier League.

White ticks those boxes, and holds additional aces in his pocket.

The Seagull is resilient, having played all but one of his last 75 league games for Leeds and Brighton. Additionally, he is known as a ball-playing centre-half, a trait that would compliment the more rugged and physical Maguire well.

Man Utd, Liverpool target fuels exit talk

Meanwhile, Marcel Sabitzer has dropped another hint about a potential move to the Premier League amid links with the likes of Manchester United.

Sabitzer seems ready to leave RB Leipzig, where he has been since 2014, this summer. At 27 years old, the midfielder does not want to miss the chance to take the next step in his career. That means a move to the Premier League could beckon, where there are three potential suitors.

Sabitzer helped eliminate Tottenham from the Champions League last season and Spurs have been interested ever since. Reports have also suggested interest from Manchester United.

A third contender would be Liverpool, who are on the hunt for reinforcements to help them return to title contention after falling short this season.

With only one year left on his contract, Sabitzer could be an interesting option for Premier League teams to pursue. He has made no secret of his admiration of the English top flight in the past and has now commented again about potentially playing there.

In an interview with Kicker, his name was mentioned in connection with clubs like Liverpool and United. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were also named as part of a question about where he could see himself playing.

And the response was positive. He said: “I can imagine it a lot.”

READ MORE: Big Van de Beek catch, as Solskjaer plans new signing to ‘unlock’ Man Utd midfield puzzle

 

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