Harry Maguire requested a £20m pay-off from the club before accepting his exit.

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Maguire has become surplus to requirements at Man Utd and was recently stripped of the captaincy after falling down the pecking order. This summer, it seems to be in his most advantageous interests to find a new club. However, various factors have got in the way so far.

First and foremost, Man Utd will have to accept they will lose when selling the defender. Having realised that, they have reportedly set an asking price of £35m.

Even if one of his suitors pays for him, Maguire would have to accept a lower salary than he currently earns at Man Utd. And according to Football Insider, he has a way of getting around that, which could hold up his exit further.

Maguire will want Man United to pay off the rest of his contract before leaving. As he earns £10m per season and has two years left on his contract, he would be asking for £20m.

West Ham, who have reportedly been trying to take him on a loan-to-buy deal and whose interest has been verified by Football Insider.

They would not be willing to keep him on a £190,000-per-week salary, though, so Maguire would have to sacrifice in that aspect.

If he can convince Man Utd to pay off the remainder of his contract, it would increase his openness to a lower salary elsewhere.

In theory, though, paying Maguire £20m so they can accept a £35m fee for him would effectively give Man Utd just £15m in earnings from his sale. This is even if the transactions are treated separately on the books.

Until the situation resolves, Maguire may be stuck in his career. And ahead of a season that precedes an international tournament with England, that needs to be resolved one way or another.

Next season, he will be able to compete in the Europa League by joining West Ham.

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