Manchester United fans have taken to social media to voice their concerns after a lucrative bid was launched for Leicester’s Harry Maguire on Tuesday.
According to Sky Sports News, the Red Devils tabled a £70 million offer for the England defender, which has already been rejected outright by the Foxes.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the market for a new centre-back after watching his side struggle for form at the back end of the 2018-19 season.
United conceded 54 Premier League goals in total last term and only won two of their last 12 matches across all competitions, ultimately finishing sixth in the top flight.
However, some supporters have reacted angrily to the club’s pursuit of Maguire, with the general consensus being that he is too expensive for a player with minimal experience at the highest level of the game.
One fan couldn’t understand why the Leicester ace is being targeted over cut-price Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld, who has a £25 million release clause in his current contract – as per The Sun.
Harry Maguire. 70mil plus
Toby Alderweireld. 25mil
Am I missing something? Is Woodward completely without a reasonable thought in his brain?
— Gaz (@garyMUFC86) July 2, 2019
As you can see above, the angry United follower wrote on Twitter “Am I missing something”, after comparing the market value of Maguire and Alderweireld, but he is not the only fan to express outrage.
Another supporter insisted that Alderwiereld is “more of a leader” than Maguire, which is hard to disagree with given his consistency for Spurs over the last few years.
Alderweireld has a £25 million buy out clause, better player, cheaper and allows Tuanzebe to develop better. More of a leader than Maguire as well!
— Dom? (@DomG73) July 2, 2019
The Belgian has been a fixture in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2015 and he played a key role during Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final last term.
Maguire, meanwhile, has only tasted elite level football on the international stage, helping England reach the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
He is Leicester’s talisman, but Alderwiereld has more experience behind him, which might make him better equipped to deal with the pressure of playing at Old Trafford.
Scores of United supporters seem to share the same opinion and you can read more of their comments below.
Leicester rejected £70M, fuck them and fuck Maguire no where near that much. I’d rather buy Alderweireld for £25M
— Amarpreet (@pittakhatkar) July 2, 2019
Alderweireld £25m (release clause).
Diaz: £45m (€60m release clause).
Romagnoli: £60m (AC Milan kicked out of Europa)
— Elliott Holdsworth (@elliott_h123) July 2, 2019
Honestly why not pick up alderweireld for his 25 million value instead of overrated Harry maguire for an excess of 70 million
— mar mar (@Ifoto_) July 2, 2019
United bidding £70m for Maguire when they could easily put £25m on the table for Alderweireld that would trigger his release clause and they’d speak to him directly ? Woodward, never change! ????
— Younes H-Hamou (@youneshh) July 2, 2019
If I was in charge of transfers at @ManUtd
£25m Toby Alderweireld
£35m Nathan Aké
£40m Zaha (cancel the 25% sell on fee)
Better than paying £80m on Harry Maguire #MUFC
— indykaila News (@indykaila) July 2, 2019
Seriously struggling to understand why United are bidding £70m+ for Maguire when they could get Toby Alderweireld for £25m (buy out clause)!! In footballing terms Alderweireld is probably a better defender and is around £55m cheaper! No brainer #mufc
— Paul N (@PaulN84) July 2, 2019
— Olly Hall-Vidler (@OllyHallVidler) July 2, 2019
Anything more than £75m for maguire then its a no from me.
Ruben dias (£50)
Sergio ramos (free)
All better value for money..
— TheWalkingRed (@TheWalkingRed5) July 2, 2019