Manchester United officially signed Harry Maguire from Leicester City, putting to an end a long summer saga.
The English defender has become the most expensive centre-back in world-football after this transfer, a deal that United were desperate to fulfill given the sorry state of their defense last season. The player has penned a six-year-long contract at Old Trafford, with an option to extend a further year.
Maguire had this to say about the transfer: “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.
WATCH: What Will Happen After Maguire Joins United
“However, when Manchester United come knocking on your door, it is an incredible opportunity.”
The reactions from the football world about Maguire’s move have been in plenty.
His new teammates Marcus Rashford and David De Gea were ecstatic to welcome the Englishman.
Welcome to Manchester, Harry. 🔴🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/B40Ti98o2w
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) August 5, 2019
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) August 5, 2019
Further, his former defender at the Foxes Ben Chilwell had amusing words of departure for the centre-back who is popularly called ‘slab-head’.
— Ben Chilwell (@BenChilwell) August 5, 2019
Jamie Carragher also got in on the reaction train, going on to state: “Sheffield United, Hull City, Wigan (loan) and Leicester City… now the world’s most expensive defender!’ tweeted Carragher after reports emerged revealing a deal had finally been struck. ‘What a journey and inspiration for young English players up & down the country!”
Lastly, it was Wayne Rooney who had words of congratulations for his compatriot.
Congratulations mate 👍🏼👏🏼
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 5, 2019
This deal is already a massive step for the 26-year-old and the pricetag certainly won’t make matters any easier for him. However, it is certain that he is more than eager to impress the Red Devils.
Old Trafford will certainly be waiting for his antics at the heart of their defense.