Manchester United and Leicester have finally agreed a world record transfer fee of £80m for the Foxes’ center half, Harry Maguire.
Both Man United and their “noisy neighbours”, Manchester City were reported to be ready to pay £65m for Maguire a fortnight ago before the Red Devils pushed further by submitting a bid believed to worth £70m.
Leicester City refused the offer, and the England ace was believed to be infuriated with the team’s refusal to allow him to move on to the greener pastures.
However, it seems the 26-year-old’s dream has finally been fulfilled after reports emerged on Sunday afternoon that Leicester has finally accepted an £80m offer from the Reds.
The breakdown of the fee will see United pay £60m upfront with a further £20m in add-ons, according to The Sun.
Harry Maguire will reportedly travel to have his medicals at Man United’s training ground, Carrington on Monday.
If this is true, then the deal will break the world record transfer fee for a defender paid by Liverpool in January 2018 for former Southampton centre back, Virgil van Dijk.
Since the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United have struggled with defensive problems, with Spanish goalkeeper, David De Gea’s heroics coming to the Reds aid on numerous occasions, with English duo, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones failing to live up to the legacy of the heroes past.
The likes of Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have since joined the club for a combined fee of £82m, but only Victor Lindelof managed to nail down a starting spot.
The Sweden international himself came under scrutiny and fans’ rage for his defensive errors in his first season in the Premier League, but he has since hit the mark and became a solid center back for the Reds, with only aerial presence being his weakness.
A number of defenders have been linked to Old Trafford in this summer, including West Ham’s Issa Diop, Benfica’s Ruben Dias and Ajax’s Matthigs De Ligt, with the latter opting for a move to Italian giants Juventus instead.
However, the Red Devils’ defensive woes have finally come to an end after Harry Maguire’s reported world record move, though it was puts the one time Premier League champion under further pressure with Van Dijk setting a huge standard in Liverpool.
The Dutch has won the Champions League, the PFA Player of the Year award, the Premier League Player of the Year award and was included in the PFA Team of the Year. He is also one of the favorite for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.
Nevertheless, the transfer will come as an immense relief to Manchester United’s fans and the manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjær himself.
The Reds will now be able to focus on another transfer target, believed to be Bruno Fernandes, as they look to further bolster their ranks, though rumors still continue to spring over the futures of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.