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MU agrees £80m world record deal for defender Maguire

Published: August 02, 2019 20:53:07 | Updated: August 11, 2019 15:52:24

MU agrees £80m world record deal for defender Maguire

Manchester United has reached an agreement to sign England centre-back Harry Maguire from Leicester for £80 million - a world-record fee for a defender.

The 26-year-old is expected to complete a medical at the club at the weekend, reports BBC.

He becomes United's third summer signing following Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, who arrived from Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively.

Maguire made 69 Premier League appearances for Leicester after joining from Hull City in 2017.

The deal means Maguire becomes the world's most expensive defender, eclipsing the £75 million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.

United had a long-standing interest in Maguire but they backed away from a deal 12 months ago because they felt the £70 million that would be needed for a transfer to be concluded was too high.

He signed a five-year contract at Leicester last September and manager Brendan Rodgers made it clear at the end of the season he felt Maguire could develop even more if he remained at the club.

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