It’s been 84 years, but Manchester United have finally announced the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City. The England defender has signed a six-year contract, with the option of a further year. Maguire’s transfer is the most expensive for a defender in world football history; the £80m fee eclipses what Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk last year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identified Maguire as his top defensive target, and sounded delighted to get the deal done.
“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.”
Maguire reportedly pushed for the move as well once United made their interest known, and sounded similarly enthusiastic.
“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 is building a team to win trophies. I am now looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting the season started.”
The 26-year-old was pictured in a training kit with the number 5 on it, and his representatives have confirmed that he will wear that shirt number at his new club.
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