Chelsea want Man United’s Harry Maguire in a swap deal for Pulisic
Manchester United have established their interest in signing Christian Pulisic but Chelsea now want United captain Harry Maguire in return. United are interested in signing a winger before the transfer window closes and were considering the Chelsea striker as an option. Harry Maguire has become a shock candidate for the Blues who are looking for a central defender.
The 29-year-old defender 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 failed to live up to the award, leading some United fans to want him out of the club.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have turned their attention to Harry Maguire to strengthen their position as centre-back. The Blues have let go of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger which leaves them vulnerable at the back. Although Chelsea have signed Kalidou Koulibaly, they still need more depth in the defensive department.
Chelsea’s request came as a shock to football fans due to the way Harry Maguire ended the 2021-22 season. Moreover, United have already had a very poor start to the season. A matchday one loss to Brighton & Hove Albion and a 4-0 loss to Brentford saw them languish at the bottom of the Premier League table after the second game week.
🚨 Chelsea reportedly consider shock move for Harry Maguire
🔵 Swap deal would see Christian Pulisic head to Man Utd
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Terrible defensive performances from the United side led to Erik ten Hag dropping Maguire from the starting line-up. Nevertheless, it is still believed that Maguire could improve, given the impressive performances he has shown at times. However, it’s a questionable deal for both clubs given that neither player has been consistent for their clubs.
Can this swap deal work well for both parties?
Ajax’s reluctance to sell Antony led United to explore their options with Christian Pulisic. The 23-year-old striker has a contract with Chelsea which expires in 2024. He has also failed to meet the expectations of Chelsea fans since joining from Borussia Dortmund. Nonetheless, he had some significant 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 exorbitant transfer fee makes every mistake even more costly, causing more problems for Manchester United. Chelsea are worried about selling Pulisic, a player with so much potential, to a direct rival. Their decision to add Maguire in the deal has made things harder for the Red Devils.
If the two clubs go ahead with the swap deal, it’s likely to be Chelsea who will benefit the least. Pulisic produced more goods for the Blues than Maguire produced for United. Moreover, there is also still a doubt whether Maguire will start at Chelsea or not given the pairing of Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly at the club.
On the other hand, Christian Pulisic can get more playing time at United. Jadon Sancho has become more comfortable playing on the left side, leaving the right wing vacant for Christian Pulisic.
United will also have to buy another centre-back to have more depth in the squad if Maguire is sold. The likelihood of a swap deal taking place remains very low as both players are still relevant options for their respective clubs, even after inconsistent displays.
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