Harry Maguire becomes Most Expensive Defender with Move to Manchester United

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Manchester United have completed the signing of England international Harry Maguire from Leicester City on a six-year contract for a world record fee for a defender.

The fee for the 26-year-old is understood to be in the region of £85m although various other outlets have reported it at £80m.

Maguire told United’s official website: "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.

"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."

Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted to get the deal done, he said: "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."

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