London: Manchester United on Monday completed the signing of defender Harry Maguire from Leicester City in a record-breaking £80 million deal, making the English centre-back the most expensive defender of all-time.
The Red Devils were after the England centre-back for much of the transfer window, as they looked for defensive reinforcements to their squad. The saga came to end on Monday, after Maguire's medical, as he penned a six-year-long contract to become the newest recruit of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's rebuild at Old Trafford. Becoming the most expensive defender, Maguire would look to strengthen Manchester United's faltering defence that leaked 54 goals in the 2018/19 season. To improve their backline, United also signed right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace earlier in the transfer window.
Previously, Dutch centre-back, Virgil van Dijk had the honour of being the most expensive defender of all time, when the reigning European Champions signed him for £75m in January 2018.
"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," said Maguire.