Manchester United have reacted with almost unanimous joy after major media outlets confirmed that an agreement had been reached for the transfer of Harry Maguire.
The Telegraph confirmed on Friday afternoon that Man United and Leicester City had agreed on an £80m fee to be paid upfront along with add-ons.
Such a fee eclipses the £75m spent on Virgil van Dijk by Liverpool, making Maguire the most expensive defender of all time.
But United fans, reacting to the news, were not concerned by the transfer fee.
Fair play to Maguire who has pushed hard for this deal to happen. #mufc
— Andrew Kilduff (@TuftyMUFC) August 2, 2019
Couldn’t care if Maguire costs £185million, it isn’t my money and it’s a signing that massively improves our defence.
— Woody (@SiWood86) August 2, 2019
— Kabi (@peter_kabi) August 2, 2019
Welcome to Manchester United Football Club, Harry Maguire. Couldn’t give a penny about how much we spend it isn’t our money. We are getting a CB who can play out the back, so dominant in the air and is England number one’s CB. Great signing🏴 pic.twitter.com/giXJQcxGcJ
— Tяυsτ №¹-Yahya™ (@RealistYahz) August 2, 2019
For the record I think that’s fantastic business for United and money both well, and necessarily spent. Maguire will be able to transform the way they play.
— Sean Kramer (@Skramerwrites) August 2, 2019
No doubt man utd paid quite a bit extra for Maguire being English… But we’ve seen how big of a difference a solid CB can be for a top 6 team. 👀 @Arsenal
— Coach Mike (@Miiikey) August 2, 2019
United fans mocked Liverpool for splashing out £75m – an inconceivably large amount of money even when it isn’t stripped of context – on a Southampton defender last year, but the former has been forced to eat their words.
Not because their club has now done the same. No, United fans should eat their words because they thought that Liverpool’s acquisition of Van Dijk was foolhardy, misguided, an expensive mistake.
Just over 18 months later and it has become clear that spending that £75m was a necessary dose of poison required for Jurgen Klopp to elevate his players to the next level, to take them from flitting in between good and bad to a kind of consistency befitting of champions.
United fans are not angry because their club, finally, has recognised the need to do the same.