Manchester United have officially signed Harry Maguire from Leicester for a fee of £80 million, making him the most expensive defender in the world.
The club announced this afternoon that the England international has signed a six-year contract with an option of a further year.
The previous record-breaking signing of a defender was back in 2018 when Virgil Van Dyk joined Liverpool from Southampton for a fee of £75 million.
He becomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s third signing of the season after Aaron Wan-Bissaka who joined from Crystal Palace and Swansea winger, Daniel James.
Maguire says joining United was an opportunity he couldn’t refuse.
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. However, when Manchester United come knocking on your door, it is an incredible opportunity,the 26-year-old said.
“My conversations with the manager, I am excited about the vision and plans he has for the team. It’s clear to see that Ole is building a team to win trophies. I am now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting the season started.”
Solskjaer believes Maguire will fit right in at the club.
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.