Everton have recently expressed an interest in signing Manchester United defender Harry Maguire.
According to journalist Rudy Galetti, speaking to GiveMeSport, Everton have shown an interest in Harry Maguire, but are yet to approach Manchester United with a firm offer.
Maguire is available this summer, having fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and been stripped of the captaincy by Erik Ten Hag. The centre-back was recently linked with a £30 million switch to West Ham United, before the deal collapsed.
Maguire needs a move this summer to get his career back on track. The 30-year-old still has what it takes to impress at Premier League level but needs a change of scenery.
He also needs regular game time if he is to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s England set up. Maguire has amassed 57 caps for his country, and was named in the official Team of the Tournament at EURO 2020, but will miss out on future international opportunities if he remains on the bench for Manchester United.
Everton would be taking big risk with Maguire
Everton’s own need is as urgent as Maguire’s. The Toffees are without a point so far this season, and were torn apart by Aston Villa last time out. The Everton defence turned in a woeful performance at Villa Park, and Sean Dyche will know that major improvements are needed if Everton are to retain their Premier League status this season.
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Whether the Merseyside club could stump up the fee that would be needed to prise Maguire away from Manchester United, or if they could meet his salary demands, is in question. What’s more, dropping a player who is low on confidence and in poor form, as Maguire is, into the ailing Everton rearguard may not yield the results that Dyche needs.
Going for Maguire would be an expensive risk for Everton. If it came off, then the player could have a transformative impact at Goodison Park. It could so easily become yet another transfer market disaster for the Toffees though.