Most credible claims are pointing to the fact that Manchester United may have acquired Harry Maguire from Leicester City, putting an end to a transfer saga that has spanned all summer.
The two clubs had settled on an £80 million transfer fee for the English defender. This is a world-record sum paid for a defender and surpasses the £75 million that Liverpool paid for Virgil Van Dijk in 2018.
In the middle of July, similar claims did the rounds but since then the Foxes kept fluctuating on their asking price. Now, it is evident that the Red Devils decided to break the bank on the 26-year-old centre-back.
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Most fans rushed to Twitter to react to these claims and the relief across the line was quite evident.
— David McDonnell (@DiscoMirror) August 2, 2019
You’d have been called mad if someone said to you at the time that Maguire would go on to become the most expensive defender ever and Robertson would turn into one of the best left backs in the world. Football is mental. pic.twitter.com/unvlvE11yf
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) August 2, 2019
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) August 2, 2019
Off the signings of Danny Drinkwater (£1 million) Riyad Mahrez (£450k), Ngolo Kante (£5.5 million) and Harry Maguire (£17 million).
Leicester have made £207 million from £24 million worth of signings, a total of £183 million profit! 🦊💙
— Lennon Veasey 🥳 (@Foxyproxy1313) August 2, 2019
Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Harry Maguire
Every Manchester United fan right now : pic.twitter.com/eHJ8wSigZE
— Tunisian RedDevil 🇹🇳🏴 (@RedTunisian) August 2, 2019
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
Fuck the fee who cares we finally have a combative young ball playing centre half along side another cultured ball playing centre half & the best RB in the league. If u ain’t happy I dunno what to tell u! #Maguire
— Rants (@rantsnbants) August 2, 2019
Maguire at £80m ✔
Not an easy deal, fair play to Leicester for getting everything they wanted from it.
Really looking forward to how he takes this step forward in his career
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) August 2, 2019
For all the United fans or anyone else moaning about Harry Maguire fee, look at this photo. Yes 80 Million is a lot of money but you've to pay if you wanna compete. Slabhead is a great signing and he can improve as well. Buzzing to see the lad in Red. Bring on Dybala. #MUFC ⭕ pic.twitter.com/REQxLOLlsH
— Anwaar ul Mujtaba (@AnwaarMujtaba) August 2, 2019
Thank god that’s over. Maguire has fan-favourite potential written all over him and immediately improves United. Slightly excessive fee but after last season’s lack of defensive investment, we needed him urgently.
A signing made to benefit the team and not shirt sales.
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) August 2, 2019
✅ Daniel James
✅ Aaron Wan-Bisakka
✅ Harry Maguire
⌛️ Bruno Fernandes
⌛️ Paulo Dybala
This would be a successful window!
— Aidan Walsh 🔰 (@AidanWalshMUFC) August 2, 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer badly required this signing, especially after the woeful manner in which the club performed at the back last season.
Tactically, Maguire will provide the firm leadership at the heart of their defense that United have lacked for far too long. As a bigger bonus, his ball-playing prowess and tendency for passing up-long will add a new dimension to the club’s style.
Further, Maguire will also bring a lot of balance to the side’s approach and the Premier League experience he has will be a priceless facet.
With this deal hopefully done and dusted, the club will have to focus their attention on the other sagas that they have been linked to. Precious little time remains in the summer transfer window and up to two more signings seem to be a likely affair.
Which deal will United complete next?