Manchester United will not loan Harry Maguire to Newcastle United… but are happy to let him go on a short-term deal to Aston Villa, it is being claimed.
United’s captain and defender only featured in 16 Premier League games this past season, with Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane the preferred central-defensive partnership of manager Erik ten Hag.
With Maguire no longer a first-choice selection at Old Trafford, the England international has understandably been linked with a move – and Villa are amongst the clubs said to be interested in him.
And in a potential boost to their chances of securing a deal, it is claimed by the Sun that United would consider loaning Maguire to Villa but not Newcastle United, who are also said to be keen on the former Leicester City man.
According to the report, a Maguire loan to Newcastle would be “helping a rival with no financial benefit”, but obviously the hierarchy at Old Trafford do not view Villa in the same way, despite their impressive rise under Unai Emery.
However, the Sun adds that a cash offer from Eddie Howe’s team may change United’s initial perspective on a deal.
Villa will be looking to strengthen their squad this summer with both domestic and European football to come in 2023/24, and a central defender is understood to be on Emery’s shopping list.
Despite their resurgence, Villa were still some way off finishing in a top-four spot. It was a different story for the Magpies, though. They finished the campaign just a few points behind United in fourth, and that fact appears to be colouring the judgement at Old Trafford where Maguire is concerned.