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

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Chelsea eye a SHOCK swoop for struggling Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire… with Blues keen to discuss a swap deal that would see Christian Pulisic head to Old Trafford

  • Chelsea have expressed an interest in signing centre-back Harry Maguire
  • The Manchester United defender is at risk of losing his place in the side
  • Chelsea are still targeting Wesley Fofana, but want to take Maguire to London
  • The deal could see United target Christian Pulisic move in the opposite direction 

Chelsea have made a shock enquiry about Harry Maguire’s availability amid growing doubt over the central defender’s future at Manchester United.

The England international – who is sweating on his place in United’s team for Monday’s crunch clash against Liverpool – is of interest to the Stamford Bridge club as they toil to complete a deal for Leicester’s Wesley Fofana.

And Sportsmail has learned that Chelsea have raised the possibility of taking Maguire to west London as part of United’s attempts to sign Chelsea attacker Christian Pulisic.

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

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

Maguire could be set to lose his place in United's backline after several poor performances

Maguire could be set to lose his place in United’s backline after several poor performances

It is understood a move for Fofana remains the Blues’ priority, and there was growing optimism today that a deal for the French defender could finally take place next week after the centre-half requested to be left out of Leicester’s game against Southampton tomorrow.

Nevertheless, their interest in Maguire comes as a hugely interesting development amid growing uncertainty over the centre-back’s position in Eric ten Hag’s plans.

There has 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.

Sportsmail understands that 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 target Christian Pulisic head in the opposite direction

A potential deal could see United target Christian Pulisic head in the opposite direction

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

ten Hag is understood to be plotting changes to his team for the visit of Liverpool as he looks to trigger a response from his squad.

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

If Maguire is withdrawn from the starting XI, it would raise major doubts over his future at United under ten Hag.

And with the World Cup just three months away, the prospect of playing a peripheral role at United is likely to concern 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 lost

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

Meanwhile, United are set to complete the £51million of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.

The Brazilian was finalising his move to Old Trafford today after informing Real chiefs that he wanted to leave for the Premier League.

In confirming the move, Real boss Carlo Ancelotti said: ‘I have spoken to him and he wants to try something new.

‘The club is being understanding because of the type of person that Casemiro is.’

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