Manchester United have established their interest in signing Christian Pulisic but Chelsea now want the United captain Harry Maguire in return. United are interested in signing a winger before the transfer window closes and were looking at the Chelsea attacker as an option. Harry Maguire has emerged as a shock candidate for the Blues who are in the market for a centre-back.
The 29-year-old defender has received a lot of criticism during his time at Manchester United. The Red Devils signed him in 2019 from Leicester City making him the most expensive defender in history. However, he has failed to live up to that price tag which has led to some United fans wanting him out of the club.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have turned their attention to Harry Maguire to bolster their centre-back position. The Blues have let go of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger making them vulnerable at the back. Although Chelsea have signed Kalidou Koulibaly, they still need more depth in the defensive department.
Chelsea’s request has come as a shock to the football fans because of how Harry Maguire ended the 2021-22 season. Moreover, United have already had a very bad start to the new season. An opening day loss against Brighton & hove Albion and a 4-0 defeat against Brentford saw them languish at the bottom of the Premier League table after Game Week 2.
🚨 Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a shock move for Harry Maguire
🔵 The swap deal would see Christian Pulisic head to Man Utd
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) August 19, 2022
Terrible defensive displays from the United side have led to Erik ten Hag dropping Maguire from the starting lineup. Nevertheless, there is still some belief that Maguire might improve, considering the impressive displays he has shown at times. However, it is a questionable deal for both clubs considering neither of the players has been consistent for their clubs.
Can This Swap Deal Work Well For Both The Parties?
Ajax’s reluctance to sell Antony has led to United exploring their options with Christian Pulisic. The 23-year-old forward has a contract with Chelsea which expires in 2024. He has also failed to live up to the expectations of the Chelsea fans since he arrived from Borussia Dortmund. Nevertheless, he has had some important moments for the Blues during his tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Harry Maguire’s story at Manchester United is similar to that of Pulisic at Chelsea. However, Harry Maguire’s sky-high transfer fee makes each mistake even costlier, causing more troubles at Manchester United. Chelsea have concerns over selling Pulisic, a player with so much potential, to a direct rival. Their move to add Maguire in the deal has made it complicated for the Red Devils.
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If both clubs move forward with the swap deal, it will probably be Chelsea who profit less from the move. Pulisic has produced more goods for the Blues than what Maguire has produced for United. In addition, it also remains a doubt whether Maguire will start at Chelsea or not considering the pairing of Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly at the club.
On the other hand, Christian Pulisic can get more game time at United. Jadon Sancho has emerged more comfortable playing on the left-hand side, leaving the right-wing vacant for Christian Pulisic.
United will also need to buy another centre-back to have more depth in the squad if Maguire is sold. The likeliness of a swap deal taking place remains very low as both the players are still relevant options for their respective clubs even after inconsistent displays.
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