Manchester United have signed Leicester City’s England centre back Harry Maguire on a six-year contract, the Manchester club announced on Monday.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but British media reported the transfer fee was in the region of £80 million (about R1.45 billion), making Maguire the most expensive defender in the world.
The fee eclipses the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January last year.
“Manchester United is delighted to confirm the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City. Harry signs on a six-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year,” United said in a statement on their website.
The 26-year-old becomes the Old Trafford club’s second most expensive recruit after French midfielder Paul Pogba, who was signed for a then world-record £89 million from Juventus in 2016.