Harry Maguire has completed his £80million move to Manchester United to become the most expensive defender in the world.
The England international put pen to paper on a huge six-year deal with the option for a further 12 months. The deal is worth up to £200,000 a week and the 26-year-old revealed he is delighted to be joining the Red Devils.
Maguire told the club’s official website: ‘I am delighted to have signed for this great club. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leicester and would like to thank everyone at the club, and the fans, for their fantastic support over the past two seasons.
However, when Manchester United come knocking on your door, it is an incredible opportunity.
‘From my conversations with the manager, I am excited about the vision and plans he has for the team. It’s clear to see that Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) is building a team to win trophies. I am now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting the season started.’ Solskjaer added: ‘Harry is one of the best centre-backs in the game today and I am delighted we have secured his signature.
‘He is a great reader of the game and has a strong presence on the pitch, with the ability to remain calm under pressure – coupled with his composure on the ball and a huge presence in both boxes – I can see he will fit well into this group both on and off the pitch. ‘He has a great personality and is a fantastic addition to the club. ‘I would like to welcome Harry to Manchester United and we are looking forward to working with him as we prepare for the new season.’
United had made strengthening the centre of their defence a priority at the start of the summer, with the need becoming more acute when Eric Bailly suffered a knee injury during their pre-season tour of China which is expected to keep him out for at least four months.
The deal represents a tidy profit for Leicester, who signed Maguire for an initial £12m – potentially rising to £17m with add-ons – from Hull in the summer of 2017.
It now sees Maguire become the world’s most expensive defender after United agreed to pay Leicester the record fee on Friday after weeks of negotiations.
Maguire’s transfer fee eclipses the £75m Liverpool spent to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January 2018.