Manchester United have signed Leicester City’s England center-back Harry Maguire on a six-year contract, the Manchester club announced on Monday.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed but British media reported the transfer fee was in the region of 80 million pounds, making Maguire the most expensive defender in the world.
The fee eclipses the 75 million pounds Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January last year.
“Manchester United is delighted to confirm the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City. Harry signs on a six-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year,” United said in a statement on their website.
The 26-year-old becomes the Old Trafford club’s second most expensive recruit after French midfielder Paul Pogba, who was signed for a then world-record 89 million pounds from Juventus in 2016.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Maguire as “one of the best center backs in the game today.”