English premier league side, Manchester United have finally succeeding in signing Leicester City’s defender, Harry Maguire for an £80 million ($97m) world-record fee.
Maguire signed a six-year contract to stay at Old Trafford with the option of a further year with the Red Devils.
The Centre-back appended his signature on the dotted lines on Monday to become the latest member of the Manchester United squad.
The Red Devils are keen on improving last season’s performance in which they finished sixth on the Premier League table and the Leicester defender looks like the man to help them achieve that task.
The move sees Maguire surpass Virgil van Dijk to become the most expensive defender of all time, with the Netherlands international having joined Liverpool for £75m in January 2018.
Since the departure of verteran defenders like Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, there had been calls by Manchester United’s fans for a reliable defender who could prevent the red devils in conceding goals .
Manchester United’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said upon the announcement of Maguire’s arrival: “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.”
Maguire also stated that “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.
He added ”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.”
Maguire becomes United’s third signing of the summer following the earlier arrivals of Daniel James from Swansea City and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.