Manchester United have come to an agreement with Leicester for the services of centre-back Harry Maguire.
The BBC reported that the deal for the 26-year-old England international reached £80 million, a world record fee for a defender. He was announced this past weekend as a United player.
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Maguire is the club’s third signings for this summer. Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James of Swansea have already signed to play at the Old Trafford.
The centre-back was capped by England 20 times and has played 69 Premier League matches for Leicester. He was with Hull City before joining Leicester in 2017.
The £80 million deal eclipsed that of Virgil van Dijk’s £75 million that Liverpool paid to Southampton in January last year. To date, Maguire has just become the world’s most expensive defender.
Manchester United have always been interested with Maguire. They however backed out a year ago after the club felt that £70 million fee for the defender was too steep.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that the defender’s playing style will fit perfectly in the club’s system. The manager also added that Maguire has the leadership qualities that the team needs. The Englishman’s arrival will look to solidify a United defense that conceded 54 goals last season in the Premier League.