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Ole finally gets Harry

Maguire saga to end as £80m United deal agreed


Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire

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Harry Maguire

Manchester United are poised to sign the defender Ole Gunnar Solskjaer craved after agreeing a fee with Leicester for England centre-back Harry Maguire.

United will pay £80 million for the 26-year-old, subject to medical and personal terms, though with Maguire keen to make the move, the latter should prove no obstacle.

The deal represents success for both parties, with United getting a ball-playing defender who offers both experience and relative youth, while Leicester's strategy of holding their ground over their valuation of Maguire has paid off.

The Foxes will receive a world-record fee for a defender, eclipsing the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018.

United had made strengthening the centre of their defence a priority at the start of the summer, with the need only becoming more acute when Eric Bailly suffered a knee injury during their pre-season tour of China which is expected to keep him out for at least four months.

The deal more than doubles United's outlay this summer so far. Aaron Wan-Bissaka cost an initial £45million from Crystal Palace while Daniel James signed from Swansea for £18million.