Harry Maguire’s long running transfer saga is now over with a £85m basic deal between Leicester City and Manchester United completed this Friday morning.
The two sides reached agreement on terms for the England international which meet Leicester’s requirement for money up front and add on fees likely to follow the deal.
The 26-year-old was left out of the Leicester team to play the Serie A club Atalanta at the King Power on Friday. The fee will be a record for a defender, more than the £75m paid for Virgil Van Dirk by Liverpool in last year’s January window.
Maguire will now discuss personal terms with the Red devils, who are set to beat rivals Manchester City to his signature.
Following a 2-1 pre-season victort over Atalanta, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports News: “I think it’s an incredible piece of business.
“This is a guy that knows there has been interest all through the summer and he’s been super professional. He’s been with his team-mates right the way through and been a really, really good guy.
“Football now, that’s how it works, individuals will have their own goals and targets and whatever it is they want to achieve and that’s something that they will always have.
“He’s a special player, he’s not a player that we would want to lose. But obviously any player will have a valuation and if ever that is met then of course there’s a discussion between clubs and whether the player wants to stay or go.
“We will see how it develops over the weekend and if Harry ends up going then we will have to look at our options.”
England international Maguire, who phoned in sick for training on Monday, has four years left on his deal and Leicester’s position all summer had been that the defender was not for sale.