As clubs continue to seal transfer deals, Manchester United have reportedly agreed a fee of £80m for Wilfred Ndidi‘s teammate, Harry Maguire (Leicester City), according to The Sun, Concise News reports.
The deal would represent a world record fee for a defender.
The 26-year-old former Hull City man will complete the move after a medical in Manchester today Monday.
The fee is said to consist of £60m upfront, with £20m in add-ons.
That has resulted in instant action from the Foxes who now look to have granted Maguire’s wishes of an exit.
Leicester were holding out for £90m after United’s opening offer of £70m was rejected early last week.
But after realising they were losing the battle to keep hold of the England international, they are now prepared to start planning for life without him.
Lewis Dunk and James Tarkowski have both been eyed as potential replacements.
Maguire had initially favoured a move to Manchester City due to Champions League football and working with a top coach as Pep Guardiola.
Last season’s Premier League champions appeared to cool their interest after United tabled their first offer.
Ed Woodward will be delighted that Leicester have finally decided to cave in after playing hardball during negotiations.
The United chief was not prepared to reach their £90m valuation and therefore reliant that they reduced their asking price.
Jose Mourinho first made an approach to sign Maguire on the back of last year’s World Cup, where the Sheffield-born player was outstanding for England.
Woodward was not prepared to pay up for the centre-back amid fears his price had been inflated on the basis of one good international tournament.
Maguire is currently with Leicester in Evian, beginning preparations for the start of the new Premier League season.
Meanwhile United are 13,912 kilometres away in Perth, Australia where they will play against Leeds United on Wednesday.