Chelsea watch a SHOCK swoop for Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire

Chelsea watch a SHOCK swoop for Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire

Chelsea are looking for a SHOCK for Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire… with the Blues keen to discuss a swap deal that would see Christian Pulisic head to Old Trafford.

  • Chelsea have shown interest in signing central defender Harry Maguire
  • The Manchester United defender is at risk of losing his place in the side
  • Chelsea still targeting Wesley Fofana, but want to bring Maguire to London
  • The deal could see United target Christian Pulisic move in the opposite direction.

Chelsea have made a surprising inquiry about Harry Maguire’s availability amid growing doubts about the centre-back’s future at Manchester United.

The England international, who is sweating for his place in United’s squad for Monday’s decider against Liverpool, is of interest to the Stamford Bridge club as they strive to complete a deal for Leicester’s Wesley Fofana.

Y sports mail has learned that Chelsea have raised the possibility of bringing Maguire to west London as part of United’s attempts to sign Chelsea striker Christian Pulisic.

Chelsea have inquired about signing Manchester United and England man Harry Maguire

Chelsea have inquired about signing Manchester United and England man Harry Maguire

Maguire could lose his place in United's backline after several poor performances.

Maguire could lose his place in United’s backline after several poor performances.

A move for Fofana is understood to remain the Blues’ priority, and there was growing optimism today that a deal for the French defender could finally take place next week after the center half requested to sit out Leicester’s match against Southampton tomorrow.

However, his interest in Maguire comes across as a very interesting development amid growing uncertainty over the centre-back’s position in Eric ten Hag’s plans.

There have been suggestions that Maguire’s position in ten Hag’s starting XI could be in jeopardy for the game against Jurgen Klopp’s side following United’s poor start to the season.

sports mail understands that it is an option that has been seriously considered.

Chelsea are still pushing to sign Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana as a priority.

Chelsea are still pushing to sign Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana as a priority.

A potential deal could see United point to Christian Pulisic heading in the opposite direction.

A potential deal could see United point to Christian Pulisic heading in the opposite direction.

United’s first two games of the season have both ended in defeat – a 2-1 home loss to Brighton on opening day before last weekend’s embarrassing 4-0 loss at Brentford.

Ten Hag is understood to be planning changes to his squad for Liverpool’s visit as he looks to provoke a response from his squad.

And Maguire’s place in the team is understood to be under threat with Raphael Varane, who started the season on the bench, pushing to return to the team. ten Hag will make a final decision within the next 24 hours.

If Maguire withdraws from the starting XI, it would cast serious doubt over his future at United under ten Hag.

And with the World Cup just three months away, the prospect of playing a supporting role at United is likely to worry Maguire.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been looking to sign another centre-back for a while.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been looking to sign another centre-back for a while.

Maguire has played in both of United's league games so far this season, which they have lost

Maguire has played in both of United’s league games so far this season, which they have lost

Meanwhile, United are set to complete Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro’s £51m deal.

The Brazilian finalized his signing for Old Trafford today after informing the Real bosses that he wanted to go to the Premier League.

Confirming the move, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “I have spoken with him and he wants to try something new.

“The club is being understanding for the kind of person Casemiro is.”

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