Maguire’s insistence on staying at Manchester United reportedly influenced United’s decision to sign Kim Min-jae.
United stripped Maguire of his captaincy on Sunday (Nov. 17). Maguire also announced his departure on social media. Maguire, who was named United’s captain in January 2020, was relieved of his duties after three years.
British media outlet 90min reported Maguire’s departure on January 18, stating, “United are keen to sell existing players to reinvest in the squad. Maguire wants to stay at the club but has been urged to leave by United boss Louis van Gaal,” the report said.
It added: ‘There have been more conversations between Van Gaal and Maguire than Maguire has made public. McGregor was left out of United’s best 11 last season and was the second choice center back behind Baran, Lisandro Martinez and Lindelof, as well as flanker Luke Shaw. United have put Maguire up for sale, but Maguire is still keen to compete for a place at the club.
In particular, “Maguire is attracting interest from a number of clubs, but his high transfer fee makes a move difficult. Maguire’s unwillingness to leave United has also affected United’s pursuit of Kim Min-Jae. Kim Min-jae has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich.
United have been linked with a move for Kim Min-jae, but Bayern Munich have reportedly pulled off a hijack. According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, “Kim agreed to join the Bavarians shortly after they won the Serie A title in the 2022-23 season. His agent had also informally informed Napoli of his decision to join United. However, United’s internal issues slowed down the process of signing Kim, with Newcastle United, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich joining the race for his signature. 꽁머니지급
The Red Devils had hoped to overhaul their defense with the signing of Maguire, but it didn’t work out as planned. United signed Maguire in 2019 for a transfer fee of £80 million, the highest ever for a defender. United’s plan is to sell Maguire for a fee of £50.3 million, a loss of £30 million compared to his original transfer fee, but it is still considered a high price for the player. In addition, Maguire is reportedly refusing to accept a pay cut if he leaves United. TeamTalk in the U.K. even asked, “Is it reasonable for United to demand £50 million for Maguire’s transfer?