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2 cheaper defenders Man City should look at other than Leicester City’s 90m Maguire

Harry Maguire has had interest from Man City and Man United this transfer window but the £90 million fee might have put City off.

City wants to strengthen their back four with Vincent Kompany leaving, and it was rumoured that Maguire was one of their biggest targets. Leicester have put out their asking price for the defender and it’s high. 90 million high.

Some are saying it’s too overpriced for the England man, but it’s apparently not put Manchester United off. With City thinking twice about Maguire, there are other options that are cheaper and better value for money. 

Joao Cancelo

Now it has been rumoured that Cancelo is already being looked at by City, and may be moving to the next steps of joining the Manchester side. If this is all true, I think it’s a better option than Maguire. The Juventus star is apparently valued at around 50 million. That would be a cheaper option and if he turns out to be at the standard Pep Guardiola wants, it could be a bargain. 

Virgil Van Dijk

This might seem like high hopes for the blues but he’s proved to be one of the best defenders around. The 27-year-old has said before that he would be open to a transfer if Liverpool were to lose the Champions League final.

We all know that they did manage to beat Tottenham. However, if City were looking at Maguire, they could pay the same amount for Van Dijk and have a better player in my opinion.

He might be tempted with City’s record, I think it’s just the Champions League win that’s keeping him at Liverpool. 

Bernardo Silva: Ballon d’Or Favourite After Exceptional Season?

After winning the UEFA Nations League player of the tournament, could Bernardo Silva be in the running for the Ballon d’Or award?

It would be fair to say that Silva has had a remarkable season, he’s won three trophies with Man City and now been a part of the winning Nations League team. However, the Premier League have overlooked the 24-year-old and have shown to be more in favour of Sterling’s efforts and Van Dijk.

It is now being discussed to who will win this year’s Ballon d’Or award and understandably, Silva’s name is in the mix. 

Virgil Van Dijk is set to be favourite to win the award after his impressive season and a Champions League win. Lionel Messi is also in the running, which is standard. Now that Silva is being recognised for his efforts, maybe the City star will earn another trophy for his collection.

When Bernardo won the Nations League player of the tournament, teammate Ronaldo didn’t seem too impressed, maybe he expected the award himself but if Silva also takes home the Ballon d’Or, how will 5-time winner Ronaldo take that news? 

Personally, I think it’s about time a City player won the award as they have been looked over for years. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and even Leicester have all had more recognition from the French award officials than City have had in a decade.

The closest that a City player has been to take this award home was Kevin De Bruyne last year when he came in 9th place. So can Bernardo Silva set another City record by getting further up that list or even topping it? I really do hope so, I’m just not convinced that he will get as much of a look in as others, after he’s already won one award for his individual efforts this year and several team awards.

Harry Maguire is Back on Ed Woodward’s Radar, How Would the 40.5m Rated Leicester Man Improve Man Utd

Manchester United are reportedly back in the hunt for Leicester City’s centre back Harry Maguire, with the club looking like they have to top the 75m bid from last year.

Maguire’s stock rose after an impressive World Cup, which prompted the bid from then boss Jose Mourinho with the search for a centre back failing throughout the window. United once again are in the market for defensive reinforcements after a dismal campaign, missing out on Champions League football once again in recent years.

The standard of players United have in the back line is a far cry of the Vidic and Ferdinand days. Maguire is English and a defender that can play also – two major bonuses as they look to get a strong partnership like the one mentioned above.

Last season’s signing Victor Lindelof looks to have settled into the English game after his first full season of adaptation. With a defensive pairing of Lindelof and Maguire, it’s one that may not look strong on paper but two centre backs that have big futures ahead of them.

Solskjaer has to get away from the recent United tradition of signing big named players and look for them 7m Vidic’s, or the bargain-priced Steve Bruce’s of the footballing world. Albeit the market is completely different nowadays. You have to pay a premium for English players, so 75m may seem a bargain in today’s inflated market, especially when you look at rivals Liverpool’s recruitment in Virgil Van Dijk.

It may be hard to prize Maguire away from the Foxes following Brendan Rodgers taking over. The former Premier League champions have looked impressive under Rodgers and, pushed Man City hard on Monday night.

It sounds ridiculous nowadays that Leicester could be more attractive to stay at than going to United, but sadly that at the moment is a harsh truth many Red Devil fans have to deal with.

Man United fans, what do you think?

Is Maguire a missing part of the jigsaw for the Solskjaer?