Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Leicester and Manchester United have agreed a fee for Harry Maguire, and he seems extremely pleased with it.
Leicester have made a healthy profit on a player who cost just £17m from Hull City two years ago.
‘It’s an incredible bit of business,’ he said, according to The Sun. The two clubs agreed an £80million deal, making Maguire the most expensive defender of all time.
‘He’s a top-class player and a good man,’ Rodgers continued, singing the praises of his defender.
‘He knows there’s been interest and he’s been super professional. ‘As it stands of course there’s been contact between the two clubs. A fee has been agreed… Then it’s a case of him having the opportunity to speak to them and see if they can come to an agreement over personal terms.’
The 26-year-old centre-back is expected to sign a five-year contract worth up to £200,000-a-week with the option for a further 12 months, and will undergo a medical on Saturday.
Maguire’s signing takes United’s summer spending to nearly £150m. They have focused on young British players, and he follows Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Old Trafford.
Maguire will train with his new team-mates on Monday although it’s unclear if he will play in a behind-closed-doors game against Blackburn Rovers at Carrington on Sunday.
Despite Maguire’s impending exit, Rodgers seems unconcerned, saying that Leicester have prepared for this eventuality.
‘We have a number of options if Harry does go that we will look at,’ he said. ‘If we can do some more business then great, if not, then we will go with what we have got.’
Leicester could turn to the likes of Caglar Soyuncu, Wes Morgan, or Filip Benkovic to replace Maguire for the time being.