March 19, 2024

Man Utd can dash City hopes of Bernando Silva replacement with Harry Maguire request | Football | Sport

Manchester United could eliminate Manchester City’s hopes of landing their ideal Bernardo Silva replacement by including a special request in any potential deal with West Ham United for Harry Maguire. David Moyes’ side were heavily linked with the England international last summer, with reports surfacing that West Ham may spring another move for Maguire this year.

After seeing a £30million approach collapse last summer, West Ham are believed to be prepping another offer for Maguire. The ex-Leicester City man has been in and out of the side at Old Trafford, with The Sun reporting that West Ham believe Maguire could be available for as little as £15million.

Part of the Hammers’ thinking is that Maguire will have entered the final year of his contract, and while United do hold an option to extend his deal by a further year, they could look to sell the 31-year-old in order to raise funds for their own transfer dealings. But, the Red Devils may also be able to hamper neighbours City’s summer plans, if they can involve Lucas Paqueta in their negotiations.

Similarly to Maguire, Paqueta was subject to transfer interest last summer, with City and Pep Guardiola said to be keen on the Brazilian midfielder. However, after news broke that Paqueta was front and centre of a betting probe, the deal collapsed, with City instead focusing on alternative targets.

However, with just months until the 2024 summer transfer window opens, it’s claimed by ESPN that the Blues will return to the negotiating table with West Ham to try and secure Paqueta’s signature. It’s suggested Portuguese ace Bernardo Silva could finally secure an exit away from the Etihad Stadium this summer, with Paqueta having been earmarked by the City hierarchy as the ideal replacement.

Plans to bring him into Guardiola’s squad could be scuppered though, should United tempt West Ham into a player-plus cash deal involving Maguire. With seven goals and six assists across all competitions so far this season, it’s clear Paqueta would be a quality addition for Erik ten Hag, while also ensuring rivals City didn’t land the ex-Lyon star.

If they’re to pull off an audacious deal like this, United will have to hope the behind-scenes team that Sir Jim Ratcliffe has built since he arrived in Stretford can live up to expectations. Omar Berrada has already been snatched from City to become United’s new CEO, while the three-time European champions remain confident of appointing Dan Ashworth as the club’s next sporting director.


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