Manchester United are set to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire for £80m (€89m), according to reports.
The Sun claim that Maguire will have a medical with the club on Monday before completing his transfer to Old Trafford. The Foxes will reportedly be paid £60m up front, with a further £20m due in add-ons – the nature of which the Sun did not detail.
If the report is to be believed – and it must be stressed that, as with all transfer rumours, it should be treated with a degree of healthy scepticism – then Maguire will become the most expensive defender in history.
Liverpool currently hold that record after paying £75m for Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January 2018.
Maguire signed for Leicester from Hull City two years ago for £17m, joining the former Premier League champions after Hull were relegated to the Championship.
After an impressive debut season for the Foxes, Maguire earned a spot in England’s defence and was one of the team’s star performers at the World Cup last summer, when Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals of the tournament in Russia. The 26-year-old started his career with Sheffield United.
Jose Mourinho had reportedly wanted to sign Maguire last summer, but Man United would not sanction the transfer.
Yet, if Sunday’s report is to be believed, the club are now prepared to break the world transfer record for a defender to land the player. United already have five central defenders in their squad – Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.
The report claims that Leicester City have already identified Lewis Dunk as Maguire’s replacement and will pay £45m for the Brighton and Hove Albion defender.