Harry Maguire’s time at Manchester United seems to be coming to an end, as reports suggest that the 30-year-old captain could receive a substantial £10 million pay-off if he departs from Old Trafford this summer.
The FA Cup final against Manchester City on Saturday might be Maguire’s final game in a United shirt, with recent developments indicating a significant shift in his future at the club.
Despite his initial £80 million price tag in 2019, Maguire’s market value has declined to around £30 million due to his age and the fact that he is already two-thirds into a six-year contract.
Maguire’s status as the most expensive defender in football history has garnered significant attention throughout his time at Manchester United.
However, recent performances and manager Erik ten Hag’s preferences have seen Maguire’s influence diminish on the pitch.
Out of United’s 61 games in all competitions this season, the English center-back has only started in 16, with other defensive options such as Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, and Luke Shaw often being preferred ahead of him.
This reduced playing time has inevitably impacted Maguire’s market value, with his worth now estimated at around £30 million.
Despite his diminished role, Maguire still has two years remaining on his £190,000-a-week contract at Manchester United.
It is speculated that he would earn significantly less, perhaps only half that amount, if he were to join a new club this summer.
As a result, Manchester United would need to pay a substantial portion of his wages—roughly £10 million—to facilitate his departure and remove him from their payroll.
This financial obligation underlines the club’s desire to offload Maguire and potentially invest in alternative defensive options.
Harry Maguire’s departure from Manchester United this summer appears increasingly likely.
With his reduced playing time and declining market value, it seems that both the player and the club have accepted the need for a fresh start.