Manchester United and Leicester City have agreed a deal for the transfer of Harry Maguire for a reported £80m – a world record fee for a defender.
Harry Maguire is expected to complete a medical at Manchester United by this weekend. He will become United’s third summer signing following Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, who arrived from Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rogers said a fee has been agreed with Manchester United for the sale of Harry Maguire, but the player is yet to negotiate personal terms with the Red Devils. He told Sky Sports: “The clubs have agreed [a fee] and there’s still some work for it to go through. There’s still a bit to go in terms of Harry’s medical and whatever personal things to sort out, but it is what it is.
He’s a special player, he’s not a player that of course we would want to lose. He’s a top-class player, he’s a good man as well, and everything about Harry over the course of this pre-season, he knows there has been interest over the summer and he’s been super professional.”
The 20-time English champions have been chasing the centre-back for this entire summer window, having called off plans to bring him to the club 12 months earlier. But the boyhood United fan indicated some weeks ago that he was flattered by the club’s interest in him.
If the deal goes ahead, which is highly unlikely to go off, the transfer fee will represent a world-record fee for a defender which is currently held by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool paid Southampton £75m ($91m) for the Netherlands defender back in January 2018. This transfer will also stand at 12th position in the most expensive transfers of all-time list.
Hull City are also set to get £10.2m of the fee with a 15 percent sell-on clause on profits from when they sold Maguire to Leicester.
Harry Maguire’s football career
Maguire began his career at Sheffield United in 2011, making 139 league appearances for the Blades before joining Hull in 2014. He was part of the Hull side that earned promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2016.
But he left for Leicester in a £17m deal following the Tigers’ relegation 12 months later. He then made 69 Premier League appearances for Leicester.
The defender made his England debut in August 2017 and was part of the side that reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Harry Maguire becomes one of seven central defenders on the books at United, joining Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe.
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