Manchester United have completed the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City, the club have announced.
The 26-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford since the end of last season and reports in recent days had suggested it was just a matter of time before the England international switched clubs.
He has signed a six-year deal at Old Trafford, keeping him at the club until 30 June 2025, with an option for a further year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been keen to upgrade our defence this summer after we shipped a club record 54 goals in a single Premier League campaign last term.
The manager is excited by our latest signing, telling MUTV:
“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.”
Harry Maguire has shown over the past two seasons with Leicester that he is one of the best centre-backs in the world. During his time at the King Power Stadium he has earned his England debut, going on to make 20 appearances for Gareth Southgate’s side to date, in helping the Three Lions reach the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The intelligent defender is expected to partner Victor Lindelof in the middle of our back four for the upcoming season and could make his debut as early as the opening weekend of the season when we host Chelsea on Sunday 11 August.
Solskjaer has already upgrade at right-back with the acquisition of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace earlier this summer.
Harry Maguire will bring leadership qualities, is a rock in defence and an aerial threat at the opposite end.