AP Source: Man United to pay $97M for defender Maguire

August 02, 2019 - 8:04 am

LONDON (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says Manchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the transfer is yet to be finalized.

United has been pursuing the 26-year-old Maguire for more than a year since his standout performances at the 2018 World Cup for England.

The person says United has reached an agreement with Leicester with a week remaining in the summer transfer window ahead of the Premier League season opening. The fee eclipses the deal struck in July for Matthijs de Ligt to leave Ajax for Juventus for 75 million euros (then $85 million).

United opens its campaign against Chelsea on Sunday, Aug. 11. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side is trying to return to the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.

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