A report claims that Manchester United are set to offer defender Harry Maguire an improved contract despite his current deal having nearly four years to run.
The 28-year-old is now in his third season at Old Trafford after the Red Devils paid Leicester City £80m in 2019. It seems money well spent as the England centre-back played every minute of the club’s 2019-2020 Premier League campaign. He was on track to repeat the feat last term before injury struck towards the end of the campaign.
The Sheffield-born stopper is currently sidelined after starting six of United’s seven league games this season. And he has also had to miss the current England games due to a calf injury.
Maguire has 39 Three Lions caps to his name after making his debut in 2017. He is clearly valued by both club and country.
The former Hull City centre-back is under contract at the Theatre of Dreams until the summer of 2025. But The Mirror are reporting that club bosses want to extend that deal while offering him better terms.
They want to ensure he is paid in line with new signings such as Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees the ex-Sheffield United star as a leader in the dressing room and he continues to deliver on the pitch.
Maguire deal one among many
United have made a decent start to the season and sit fourth in the Premier League standings. They won four of their first five league games but have stuttered of late.
A home defeat to Aston Villa was followed by a 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford. It sees them fourth in the table just two points behind table-topping Chelsea.
Many pundits feel 2021-2022 could be a close title race and United will want their best players to shine. And it appears as though a few more may be offered new deals to extend their stay.
The report adds that the north-west giants are also working on new terms for both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. Cristiano Ronaldo may now be on board but the duo are seen as vital to the side’s chances of landing silverware.
Fernandes has been a revelation since arriving from Sporting in January 2020. The Portugal international has scored 44 goals from 90 appearances in all competitions.
He is also under contract until 2025 but the powers that be reportedly want the 27-year-old to stay well into his 30s.