We are into the month of August and firmly in the final week of the summer transfer window. Premier League action kicks off soon as well which also means that the English clubs will have to wrap up their purchases swiftly.
With regard to Manchester United, this period is being reported to be immensely hectic, which isn’t a new affair given their style of business in the past five years or so, although it isn’t the traditional approach of the club.
While Romelu Lukaku’s exit and the potential arrival of Paulo Dybala to Old Trafford has dominated the headlines in recent days, another important transfer has been developing on the side-lines.
According to Sky Sports, Manchester United are finally willing to pay around £80 million for Harry Maguire, making him the most expensive defender in world-football. This would well surpass the £75 million paid for Virgil Van Dijk by Liverpool in January of 2018.
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This comes after weeks of dilly-dallying by both sides. Leicester City were firm in their stance that the English centre-back would only be sold on their terms, a strategy that United have been all too familiar with.
However, now it appears that the limited time left in the window and the sheer ball-playing brilliance and the experience of the 26-year-old have forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hand at sanctioning the move as it is.
Reports just over two weeks ago had indicated that the transfer was sorted and that both clubs had agreed to a similar fee, albeit with about £20 million coming through add-ons and not through straight cash.
Now, the finer details remain to be sorted out as the Mancunian giants embark on what is clearly their most important transfer so far this season, particularly since their last season’s defensive form was a sorry sight.
Who else will join Maguire in the coming week?