Manchester United have moved one step closer towards signing the star centre-back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has wanted all summer long.
According to several reports, The Red Devils have reached an agreement with Leicester City towards the transfer of Harry Maguire. The Old Trafford side would pay £80million for the England international, making him the most expensive defender in football history. It would eclipse what Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk last year.
However, the move is not official yet. Even though both sides reached an agreement, Maguire would still have to agree on personal terms with the club. But it sounds as if the deal will come to fruition sooner than later.
Maguire is someone Manchester United needed desperately
United were reluctant to pay what Leicester wanted for Maguire in the first place. However, Eric Bailly’s injury has forced United to accept Leicester’s demands and now Maguire will instantly become United’s top asset on defence. He should partner with either Victor Lindelof or Chris Smalling in Solskjaer’s back-four line.
In fact, Manchester United had been after Maguire for quite a while. The Leicester City star became a transfer target for Manchester United after the 2018 World Cup, where Maguire was one of the top performers in The Three Lions. So signing him now represents a huge moment for the club, especially since they had struggled to acquire top players in recent years. Signing someone like Maguire should change that.
Only time will tell if Maguire can adapt and become an important player for Manchester United. But he’s the club’s biggest defensive signing since both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic arrived to Old Trafford last decade. He instantly improves a club that was in dire need of defensive help after last season’s disaster.
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