Manchester United signed Harry Maguire from Leicester on Monday for a reported 80 million Euros that’s makes England center back the world’s most expensive defender, they have secured six years contract with an option for a further 12-month extension.
The 75 million Euros paid for Virgil van Dijk in 2018 was the previous record fee for a defender. However Juventus’ captured Van Dijk’s Netherlands teammates Matthijs de Ligt earlier this month (July) could rise to 85.5 million Euros.
It is also a record fee between Premier League clubs, surpassing Van Dijk’s move to Anfied from Southampton and Romelu Lukaku’s switch from Everton to Manchester United.
“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. However when Manchester City come knocking at the door, it is an incredible opportunity, from my conversation with the Manager, I am excited about the vision and plans he has for the team, it’s clear to see that Ola is building a team to win trophies. I am now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting the season started.” Maguire told United’s website.
Maguire, 26, could make his debut in his new club’s Premier league opener at home to Chelsea on Sunday and united manager Ola is confident he will live up to his hefty price tag.
“Harry is one of the best center-backs in the game today and 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 wee into this group but on and off the pitch. He is a great personality and is a fantastic addition to the club.” Said United manager.
Manchester City had been interested in Maguire, but Pepe Guradiola admitted on Sunday that the champions couldn’t afford his huge fee.