Harry Maguire joins Manchester United in world record deal for defender

By Vincent Ashitey
Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

Manchester United have completed the £80million signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.

The defender has put pen-to-paper on a six-year deal worth up to £200,000 a week with the option for a further 12 months.

The deal sees Maguire become the world's most expensive defender after eclipsing the £75m Liverpool spent to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January 2018.

He becomes Machester United's third acquisition of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively.

Harry Maguire said: 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.

”From 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.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: 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.

He is expected to make his debut when United host Chelsea at Old Trafford in their opening Premier League clash on Sunday, August 11.