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Maguire is not the same as van Dijk: Collymore

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The former Liverpool footballer believes Manchester United paid “double his true worth” for English center-back Harry Maguire.

Manchester United paid $97 million to Leicester City for Harry Maguire.

But according to former Liverpool footballer Stan Collymore, the player is not worth that much.

“Manchester United finally got their man on Monday with the £80m capture of Harry Maguire but they have paid double his true worth,” he told Goal.

“United unveiled their big-money buy on a six-year deal from Leicester after a lengthy pursuit which started last summer after the World Cup.”

“I like and respect England stopper Maguire who is a very good player, leader, and influence in the dressing room,” he added.

“But the 26-year-old is not in the same class as Liverpool’s Dutch stopper Virgil van Dijk.”

“For a British central defender with leadership qualities, Harry fits the bill,” he commented.

“But if you want the premium quality to push you to a title or Champions League then Van Dijk is your man.”

“Maguire, even in an expensive market, is overpriced and United have played twice the price of his realistic value in my view to make him the world’s most expensive defender,” the former player said.

“His price tag means he now eclipses Van Dijk, 28, who became the world’s costliest defender when he joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for £75m.”