Manchester United sign Harry Maguire
It’s finally been confirmed.
Manchester United have signed 25-year-old centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City.
Maguire’s reported transfer fee is 80 million pounds, which makes him the world’s most expensive defender.
On the club’s website, fans were told the following:
Harry signs on a six-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.
We have an important announcement to make…
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 5, 2019
Leicester originally wanted £100m
The Athletic have produced a detailed analysis of how the Maguire transfer to Man United played out over the past few months.
In an eye-catching revelation, it’s been disclosed that Leicester City originally wanted Man United to pay 100 million pounds for Maguire:
Sources have told The Athletic that Leicester’s owner initially wanted £100 million for Maguire.
The message was clear to interested parties, including Manchester United and Manchester City: Leicester had a strong hand and would not fold.
Man United’s other defensive targets
The Athletic also surveyed other centre-halves who were on Man United’s summer shopping list:
United did look at Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Kalidou Koulibaly, of Napoli, and Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, but these players have been described as “flirtations”.
Hull’s cut of the Man United deal
As confirmed by Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett, Hull City also benefited from Maguire’s Man United move.
When Hull sold Maguire to the Foxes, the Tigers secured a 15% sell-on fee from the defender’s next move.
Also worth noting that #lcfc have to pay #hull £9.45m as part of sell-on clause for Maguire (15% of the profit). Another reason why Leicester are reluctant to “overpay” in their eyes for a replacement.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) August 5, 2019
Harry Maguire’s first interview
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