Sir Alex Ferguson Jokes That Man Utd Should Lock Harry Maguire In The Boardroom

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is a huge admirer of Harry Maguire, who is on the verge of a move to Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have reportedly completed the signing of Maguire from Leicester City for £85 million, a world record transfer fee for a defender.

The Telegraph report that both clubs have reached an agreement which meet Leicester City's requirement for money up front and add on fees.

He is now free to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.


And following the news, Sir Alex Ferguson gave his former club of 26 years some advice with just five days left of the transfer window.

In a conversation with a fan shortly after Leicester rejected a £70 million bid, he joked via The Manchester Evening News, saying:

"They should take the lad in the boardroom and not let him out until he's signed!"

Well, that be one way of making the deal happen. But it does look increasingly likely that the deal will go through after weeks of speculation.

United originally launched a £70m million offer for Maguire last month, but the Foxes turned down the offer as they held out for £80 million.

Manchester City also reportedly offered Maguire a £280,000-a-week contract, but again that offer didn't materialise.

Maguire was reportedly 'completely frustrated' as the two clubs failed to reach an agreement.

He was then left out of Leicester's squad to face Atlanta in a pre-season friendly because he wasn't in the right frame of mind.

Maguire would cost City big money. Image: PA Images
Maguire would cost City big money. Image: PA Images

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk was the previous record holder for most expensive defender, when he joined for a fee of £75 million.

Do you think Maguire is worth the money?

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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