London, Aug 2 (AP/UNB) — Manchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the transfer for the 26-year-old Maguire has yet to be finalized.
United has been pursuing the center back for more than a year since his standout performances at the 2018 World Cup for England and finally agreed to Leicester's asking price with just a week remaining in this summer transfer window ahead of the Premier League season opening.
The fee eclipses the deals for Matthijs de Ligt to leave Ajax for Juventus last month for 75 million euros (then $85 million), and for Virgil van Dijk to join Liverpool from Southampton for up to 75 million pounds in January 2018.
Leicester's hand in the negotiations with United was strengthened by Maguire signing a new five-year contract last September. Leicester will be receiving 80 million pounds two years after paying around a fifth of that fee to sign Maguire from Hull.
As it stands, Maguire will be the seventh central defender at United going into the season, alongside Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, and Axel Tuanzebe.
United opens its campaign against Chelsea on Aug. 11. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side is trying to return to the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.
Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB) - Arambagh Krira Sangha crushed Brothers Union FC by 5-2 goals in their last match of the ongoing 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Friday.
In the goal-fest match, Nigerian striker Matthew Chinedu made his hat-trick scoring three goals in the 20th, 24th and 43rd minutes while Cameroonian forward Paul Emile Biyaga netted the rest two goals for Arambagh KS in the 12th and 37th minute.
On the other hand, South Korean midfielder Jae-Hyeong Park and midfielder Mannaf Rabby scored one goal each for Brothers Union in the 3rd and 72nd minute respectively.
With day’s well-merited win, Arambagh KS finished 5th securing 33 points from all 24 matches while Brothers Union finished 11th with their previous credit of 21 points from all 24 matches.
In day’s other match, a hat-trick by Nigerian striker Raphael Odovin Onwrebe helped Sheikh Russel KC to earn a comfortable 3-1 goals victory over bottom-placed Team BJMC at the floodlit Sylhet District Stadium.
Nigerian Striker Eleta Kingsley Oshiokha netted the first goal for Team BJMC in the 31st minute.
Coming from behind 0-1, upper-ranked Sheikh Russel KC managed 3-1 goals victory over Team BJMC while Raphael Odovin Onwrebe completed his hat-trick netting three goals in the 36th, 45th and 78th minutes respectively.
With the day’s outcome, Raphael Odovin Onwrebe finished 2nd in the top scorer list of BPL 2018-19 season scoring 19 goals, one goal behind form his compatriot Sunday Chizoba of Dhaka Abahani Ltd (20 goals).
With day’s win, Sheikh Russel KC finished 3rd in the BPL league securing 52 points from all 24 matches while Team BJMC finished 13th with their previous collection of 11 points from all 24 encounters.
Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB)- Newly Crowned Bashundhara Kings will play against Chattogram Abahani Limited in the last league match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Saturday. The match will kick off at 5:30pm.
After the match, BPL champions and runners-up trophies for the season 2018-19 will be handed over to Bashundhara Kings and Dhaka Abahani Limited respectively.
BFF President Kazi Salahuddin will be the chief guest on the occasion, said a BFF official on Friday.
Kings have secured 62 points from their 23 matches with 20 wins, 2 draws and one defeat while Dhaka Abahani finished their BPL campaign earning 58 points from 24 matches with 19 wins, one draws and 4 defeates.