EX-Manchester United defender Jonathan Spector is “surprised” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might smash the transfer record for a defender by signing Harry Maguire – as continental stars like Matthijs de Ligt could be much cheaper.
But ex-West Ham and Birmingham right-back Spector believes United should consider shopping overseas rather than always paying a “premium” for home-grown talent.
The 33-year-old, who won 36 USA caps, spoke exclusively to AmericanGambler.com.
He said of Solskjaer’s hunt for Maguire.”I was actually a bit surprised by it.
“I think he’s a very good central defender and he has proven himself at the international level as well, but a part of me thought that they would go abroad to fill that role.
“I thought they would potentially be chasing someone like De Ligt but Maguire is a good player and I think he could be good for the club, but only for the right price.
“It seems like English players command a premium.”
Juventus have now landed Ajax skipper De Ligt, who at the age of 19 has already played 17 times for Holland.
The Serie A champions are thought to be paying around £67.5m fee for a stylish player who is nine years younger than Maguire.
But, with the Leicester star seemingly coming in, Spector believes it could be time for another 26-year-old, Paul Pogba, to move out of Old Trafford
He told AmericanGambler.com: “He’s clearly looking to move on again.
“He is a big player when he is playing well, but from the outside he seems like the kind of player who is going to move on every few years to a Juventus, a Real Madrid.”
“If the club think that they can still get the best out of him, then they should keep him.
“But if he’s unsettled or he’s going to unsettle the rest of the team, it’s time for him to move on.”