Manchester United and Leicester City have finally come to an agreement on the transfer of Harry Maguire as the 100kg man is set to make an £80 million move to Old Trafford.
The Red devils have been in pursuit of the England International the entire summer having curtailed plans to bring him to the club a year earlier, with the boyhood United fan having indicated some weeks ago that he was flattered by the club’s interest in him.
The 20-time English Champions are now set to shatter the world record transfer fee for a defender, paid by Liverpool to Southampton for PFA player, Virgil Van Dijk.
At £80m, the fee eclipses the £75m paid for Van Dijk making the 26 year old the world’s most expensive defender.
Maguire’s status in the game was raised during his national team’s run to the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup. Asides that, the centre-back’s hugely impressive form at club side, Leicester City since his arrival at the King Power Stadium in 2017 also caught the Red devil’s eye.
The English man started his professional career at Sheffield United before making a move to Hull City for £3million in 2014 and later to Leicester City for a fee rising to £17million three years later.
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Norwegian gaffer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to recruit a new centre-back all summer and Maguire has clearly been the favourite in this department.
The 100kg man had already been left out of the Foxes squad scheduled to face Atalanta in a pre-season friendly in Friday night and can now make a move to Old Trafford in the next couple of days pending medical fitness tests.
This could potentially see him available for Manchester United’s Premier League’s August 11 clash with Chelsea.
The 26 year old becomes United’s third signing of the summer following the capture of Daniel James from Swansea and Aaron Wan Bisakka from Crystal Palace.