Man United: Harry Maguire could overtake Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk as world’s most expensive defender

Harry Maguire

Man United & Harry Maguire

On Sunday, the rumours started getting a lot louder.

Man United are believed to be on the verge of signing Harry Maguire from Leicester City for 80 million pounds.

On Monday, the Sun are reporting that Maguire’s Old Trafford move is virtually a done deal:

Manchester United have agreed a world-record £80million deal for Leicester defender Harry Maguire.

The England ace is set to fly to Manchester for his medical tomorrow.

But have Leicester actually agreed to sell Maguire?

Unsurprisingly, others are doubting the Sun’s report.

BBC reporter Simon Stone, who is currently with Man United’s squad during their Australian tour, has thrown a spanner in the works.

He’s confirmed that “Leicester have made no bids and received none”.

Moreover, Telegraph reporter John Percy has also challenged the Sun’s report.

Writing in the broadsheet on Monday, Leicester fans are told that Maguire has no intention of forcing a move to Man United:

Leicester City are confident that Harry Maguire will be committed to the club next season.

It is understood that Maguire would like a move to United, or Manchester City were they to come back into the bidding, but that he understands his club’s position and would not be a thorn in the side of Leicester were it not to happen.

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk

Despite the counter-claims that ‘Maguire to Man United’ might not happen, most are preparing for the transfer to come to fruition.

Should that happen, Maguire would overtake Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk as the world’s most expensive defender.

Liverpool paid Southampton 75 million pounds for the Dutch centre-half.

On Monday, Gazzetta dello Sport has produced a neat graphic revealing the world’s current priciest defenders.

The graphic includes Matthijs de Ligt, who is expected to leave Ajax to join Juventus imminently.

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