Manchester United is reportedly preparing for life without Harry Maguire as they monitor two potential centre-back signings.
Manager Erik ten Hag is said to be considering defensive reinforcements amid uncertainty over Maguire’s future at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have already made significant signings this summer, including Mason Mount and Andre Onana, with another big-money addition, Ramsus Hojlund, set to undergo a medical before completing a £72 million move from Atalanta.
Now, United is linked to two more centre-backs: Jean-Clair Todibo from Ligue 1 club Nice and Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite, who impressed during a loan spell at PSV Eindhoven last season.
Todibo, at 23 years old, represents a younger option for United’s back-line.
However, the potential deals for these defenders depend on Maguire’s future at the club.
The England international has faced a difficult time recently, with Ten Hag stripping him of the captain’s armband and giving it to Bruno Fernandes instead.
Furthermore, Maguire faced an on-pitch outburst from new teammate Andre Onana during a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund.
‘”They play a lot of balls back to me, so I have to give them confidence and I want my players to give them to me to give me confidence,” Onana had said.
“I demand [from] them a lot and I will demand from them a lot because they are great players. Now, for me, it’s a big honour to play with these defenders.”
Despite United rejecting a £20 million bid from West Ham for Maguire’s signature, there are still reports suggesting he could leave the club this summer.
The situation remains uncertain, and Ten Hag is preparing for various scenarios by keeping an eye on potential defensive reinforcements.