Wayne Rooney gives his verdict on Man Utd’s Harry Maguire chase

Date published: Wednesday 31st July 2019 10:41

Manchester United’s pursuit of Harry Maguire has been given a ringing endorsement by Wayne Rooney, who believes the England defender would be an astute signing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

United are understood to be desperate to land Maguire before the August 8 transfer deadline, with the centre-half having become ‘frustrated’ at the move being blocked.

The Red Devils are believed to have seen their latest bid of £70million rejected for the England international, with Leicester more than happy to play hardball in negotiations, having openly insisted they have no need to sell.

On Monday night, reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported that the ‘white smoke’ is close, with the player pushing for a move.

However, the Manchester Evening News were quick to dismiss Di Marzio’s claims and they claim United are still no nearer to signing the England centre-half.

A report on Wednesday claimed United’s efforts to sign the Foxes star would likely go down to the wire, with Leicester digging their heels in over their prized asset.

But their efforts to bring him to Old Trafford have been given the thumbs up by Rooney, who believes United will be signing a genuine star if they can talk Leicester into the deal.

Speaking to ESPN, he 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.”

Rooney also gave his thoughts on the future of Paul Pogba who continues to be linked with a move away.

He said: “It’s obviously down to the club, to the board, to the manager, but I think also to the player. If the player wants to stay, he’ll stay and prove what a good player he is.”

United, meanwhile, are hoping to sign not one, but two players from Juventus as part of their efforts to move Romelu Lukaku on this summer.

 

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