Manchester United finally grabs Maguire from Leicester

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].”

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.”