It’s finally done! Manchester United have secured the services of Harry Maguire from Leicester City, after what has been a long, long pursuit.
The England international has signed for the Old Trafford club for a record-breaking £80 million transfer fee, penning down a six-year contract with an option for a further year.
The negotiations between all parties involved were extremely laggard, but perhaps the club could have sealed this transfer sooner had they consulted their legendary gaffer, Sir Alex Ferguson.
According to Manchester Evening News, when a fan encountered Sir Alex and asked about about the Maguire transfer, the decorated Scot jokingly suggested that United should lock the defender in the boardroom until he puts pen to paper.
“They should take the lad in the boardroom and not let him out until he’s signed!” Ferguson responded, whilst being just as baffled as the club’s fan-base regarding the slow pace of these negotiations.
But now, the switch is all done and dusted, and fans cannot wait to see the 26-year-old don the famous red shirt in their Premier League opener against Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for his new signing following the official confirmation of the transfer, having stated: “Harry is one of the best centre-backs in the game today and I am delighted we have secured his signature.
“He is a great reader of the game and has a strong presence on the pitch with the ability to remain calm under pressure – coupled with his composure on the ball and a huge presence in both boxes – I can see he will fit well into this group both on and off the pitch.
“He has a great personality and is a fantastic addition to the club. I would like to welcome harry to Manchester United and we are looking forward to working with him as we prepare for the new season.”