Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has given his blessings to the club’s chase for Leicester City and England defender Harry Maguire this summer.
In a recent interview with ESPN FC, Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has given a thumbs up to the club’s pursuit of Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire, claiming that the England international would be a good addition to the squad.
Manchester United have been in the market for a new centre-back all summer after a dismal defensive performance last time out and Maguire has been at the top of their transfer wishlist. The Red Devils had made an attempt to sign the 26-year-old last summer and having failed to do so, they are once again going all out to land the defender.
However, Manchester United’s pursuit of Maguire hasn’t yielded the desired outcome as of yet. As confirmed by Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, the Foxes have already knocked back two offers for the England international and will not be entertaining any bids which is below their valuation of £80 million.
With just a little over a week left before the English transfer window closes, Manchester United are under pressure to get the deal over the line. As per latest reports though, the 20-time English champions are closing in on a deal to sign up the former Hull City man and former United striker Rooney has backed the club’s decision to pursue the 26-year-old’s signing.
Speaking to ESPN FC recently, the former England international, who is Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer said: “I think Harry’s a good player and over the last few years he’s improved as a player. He’s gotten better, and he’s been a main player for Leicester City, but also for England. I think he’d be a good signing if they can get him.”
Having first made a name for himself with Hull City, Maguire joined Leicester in 2017 and has established himself as one of the best in his position in the Premier League in the past couple of seasons. The 26-year-old was also an integral part of the England national team that made it far in the World Cup and the UEFA Nations League.
Given Manchester United’s recent struggles at the back, there is no doubt that they would benefit greatly from the signing of Maguire. However, with very little time left in the transfer window, they will need to act fast and step up their chase or risk missing out on him for a second summer in a row.