Chelsea make ‘shock enquiry’ for £34m-rated defender from Premier League rival

Harry Maguire could be on the move before the summer transfer window closes.

The Manchester United captain enters his fourth season at Old Trafford amid a storm of criticism, picking up where he left off in the 2021/22 campaign by continuing to look shaky at the heart of the defense of the club.

Despite having had a stellar 2020/21 season and Euro 2020 tournament, Maguire has seen his form fall off a cliff in the last 12 months and the last two matches have done little to suggest that he stopped this crisis.

Doubts about Maguire’s functionality

Erik ten Hag might have confirmed his status as club captain, but miserable performances against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford alongside Lisandro Martinez could well see him fall to the bench.

After all, none other than four-time Champions League winner Raphael Varane watched those Premier League defeats from the touchline and must now imagine his chances of starting ahead of Maguire for the Liverpool clash.

And his path to the squad roster may well be made even easier in a world where Maguire is saying goodbye to the ‘Theater of Dreams’, which could legitimately happen if an unlikely Chelsea move does occur.

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Chelsea make ‘shock investigation’ for Maguire

That’s because the Daily Mail turned heads on Friday night when it reported that the Blues ‘have made a shock inquiry into Harry Maguire’s availability’, amid doubts over his future at Old Trafford.

Chelsea are desperate for central signings this summer due to the departure of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen when their contracts expire and so far they have only brought in Kalidou Koulibaly to replace them.

So now it’s Maguire who would be ‘interesting’ for the two-time Champions League winners as a potential move for Wesley Fofana from Leicester City continues to drag on.

The Mail explains that Chelsea “have discussed the possibility of taking Maguire”, as part of United’s attempts to sign Christian Pulisic, who had been linked with a potential move to the Red Devils on loan.

As such, the report believes there could be a relationship between the two transfer sagas with Maguire – who is currently valued at £34.20million – moving from United to Chelsea while Pulisic potentially moves on. in the opposite direction.

Maguire and Pulisic in action.
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How feasible is the deal?

However, it’s worth noting that Fofana remains the priority at Stamford Bridge as optimism has grown over a potential move next week thanks to the player asking to be dropped from Leicester’s clash with Southampton.

Either way, however, there are major implications for Maguire’s future with the Mail explaining that the club captain losing his place for the Liverpool game is something that has been ‘seriously considered’.

So could Maguire face a small role under Ten Hag which could put his place in England’s World Cup squad in jeopardy? So could Chelsea be the perfect escape plan to reinvigorate their form?

Man Utd's Maguire in training.
Soccer Football – Pre-Season Friendly – ​​Manchester United Training – Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand – July 11, 2022 Manchester United’s Harry Maguire during training REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

Well, those are the kinds of questions that will be asked in the coming days. The transfer window is never short of drama.

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