It’s official: Harry Maguire has completed his world record transfer from Leicester City to Manchester United.
After what feels like years of toing and froing between the two clubs Ed Woodward, ever the negotiator, has got his man for the very price he was quoted last year, and likely the beginning of this summer also, £80m.
But that small detail won’t bother United fans, not yet anyway. For now, they’d be forgiven for taking annual leave and heading to the nearest watering hole to celebrate the long overdue collapse of the Jones-Smalling partnership, a duo who have haunted their sleep for going on eight years.
The England international, affectionately known as slab head due to his abnormally large cranium and propensity for nutting footballs, took to Instagram to say his farewells to former teammates and thank fans for their loyalty throughout his two-year stay:
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Massive thank you to @lcfc for your brilliant support and amazing memories we made over the last 2 years. We’ve been through many highs and some real lows but we stuck together throughout. I wish you all the best in the future and I’m sure with a great owner you will keep rising as a club. ?? #TheBoss #ThankYou
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Ten points for his choice of picture (one of the goals that deprived Liverpool of the title last season). We think he’ll do well at Old Trafford.
Two of Maguire’s former teammates, James Maddison and Ben Chilwell, have responded accordingly to his message and wished him well on his journey:
Clearly a very popular character.