Saturday, January 23, 2021

LAZY FAN EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal expected to miss out on Manchester United target

After losing Laurent Koscielny to yet another long-term injury at the back end of last season, new Arsenal manager Unai Emery immediately made defensive recruitment a key part of his transfer policy, bringing in Greek international Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.

However, Lazy Fan Sports can exclusively reveal that Emery is looking to add to his centre-back options further and, after exclusively reporting their interest in Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, they unfortunately look set to miss out on signing Leicester City star Harry Maguire.

Maguire was one of England’s World Cup heroes, assisting Harry Kane’s winner in the group game against Tunisia and scoring a bullet header in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden.

Harry Maguire celebrates his goal in England’s 2-0 World Cup quarter-final win over Sweden

The 25-year-old earned his starting berth in Russia ahead of more experienced big name players such as Manchester United’s Phil Jones and Chelsea’s Gary Cahill after a string of impressive performances for ninth-placed Leicester in the Premier league last season.

Arsenal set to miss out, again

The former Sheffield United man played in every single minute of the Foxes league campaign and was justly named their player of the season and players’ player of the season following his initial £12 million move from relegated Hull.

It is thanks to Maguire’s excellent league form last year that the Gunners are interested in making the England international a part of their squad.

Arsenal are looking to regain Champions League football after a disappointing sixth placed finish last year as well as crashing out of the Europa League in the semi-finals as they lost 2-1 on aggregate to eventual competition winners Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal’s failure to win the Europa League means they have no Champions League football this season

However, thanks to Maguire’s World Cup heroics in Russia the potential fee that Leicester are demanding for their star centre-back has skyrocketed and likely forced Arsenal to back out of any potential deal.

Manchester United are believed to have made Maguire their number one defensive transfer target and it would take a record fee for a defender to lure him away from the King Power Stadium but the Foxes plan to use part of the £60 million fee they received from Manchester City for Riyad Mahrez to make Maguire one of their highest-paid players.

 

For more like this, visit our dedicated football page here. Meanwhile, follow us on Facebook for more opinions and analysis right to your timeline.

Similar Articles

Comments

SIMILAR

Rugby Union’s Team of 2020: Outside Backs and Midfielders

The time has come to complete our Rugby Union team of 2020. Lastly, but...

Ex-Bristol City winger Niclas Eliasson nets two as Nîmes shock Marseille

Former Bristol City winger Niclas Eliasson scored twice on Saturday Afternoon as his relegation...

Seattle Show Cons Of Crowning MVP Early On

The Seattle Seahawks started the 2020 season 6-1 and many predicted them as a...

A Review Of The NFL Divisional Round

The NFL Divisional Round is complete. In the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Kansas...

What’s with the Bristol City injury crisis?

Over the past few years, Bristol City have always seemed to pick up injuries...

Why Mesut Özil is an Arsenal Legend

After almost 8 years in North London, Mesut Özil has parted ways with Arsenal...

NFL Divisional Round Preview

The NFL Divisional Round gets underway tomorrow evening. Four of the eight teams left will...

Danny Ings: A Heartwarming Story

Danny Ings has scored 7 goals in the Premier League this season. He was...

Super Wildcard Weekend Review

Super Wildcard Weekend is over. After six games across the past two days, we...

Rob Holding Signs a New Deal at Arsenal

Following rumours that a new contract for Rob Holding was imminent, The Athletic have...