3rd August, 2019
Reports reaching our News Desk has it on authority that Leicester City and Manchester United have agreed a reported £80 million deal for the transfer of defender Harry Maguire, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.
The 26 year old England defender has been the subject of transfer speculation since the 2018-19 campaign concluded, with United and Manchester City said to have been leading the race for his signature.
Manchester United got an edge in that race thanks to City eventually losing interest in it. United have thereafter had a clean run and look to have finally got their man despite Leicester holding out for a massive fee which is expected to see Maguire become the world’s most expensive defender.
Speaking after Leicester’s 2-1 friendly win over Atalanta, Rodgers confirmed an agreement has been reached between the clubs following negotiations.
Rodgers told Sky Sports: “Until it goes through – there’s obviously been communications between the clubs – but there’s still a bit to go in terms of medical and personal terms.
“It is what it is. He’s a special player, not one we want to leave, but we’ll see over the course of the weekend if there’s anything more. At this point the clubs have agreed [a fee].”
78% – Harry Maguire won 78% of his aerial duels in the 2018-19 Premier League season; a better success rate than any of the 205 other players to be involved in 50+ aerials in the competition, just ahead of Virgil van Dijk (75%). Slab. pic.twitter.com/SK0OVlUHU6
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 2, 2019
Maguire joined Leicester from Hull City two years ago for a deal said to be worth £17m, meaning the club stand to make a profit of around £63m on the centre-back.
During his time at Leicester, Maguire has established himself as a regular in the England starting XI and emerged as one of the Premier League’s best centre-backs, though Rodgers accepts the Foxes have got themselves a great deal.
“It’s an incredible piece of business,” he added. “If you look at market over the last few years, it changes.
“He’s a top-class player, a good man. This is a guy who knows there’s been interest, he’s been super professional, been with his team-mates throughout.
“He’s been a good guy. Individuals have their own goals and obviously all players, including Harry, have a valuation.”