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Maguire sale to Utd 'incredible business' - Rodgers

Paul Mariner says Harry Maguire will need to get better to prove he's worth Manchester United making him the most expensive defender of all-time.
Stewart Robson and Steve Nicol assess what Harry Maguire would bring to Manchester United while Gab Marcotti isn't convinced the deal will get done.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has called Harry Maguire a "special player" they do not want to lose but said they have no choice after Manchester United met their valuation.

On Friday, United agreed an £80 million deal with Leicester to sign the 26-year-old England international and Maguire is expected to agree personal terms and complete a medical over the weekend.

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"The clubs have agreed [a fee] and there's still some work for it to go through. There's still a bit to go in terms of Harry's medical and whatever personal things to sort out, but it is what it is," Rodgers said after Leicester's 2-1 win over Atalanta in a preseason friendly on Friday.

The deal would make Maguire the most expensive defender in the world, surpassing the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk last year.

"I think it's an incredible piece of business," he added "This is a guy [Maguire] that knows there has been interest all through the summer and he's been super professional. He's been with his teammates right the way through and been a really, really good guy.

"He's a special player, he's not a player that we would want to lose. But obviously any player will have a valuation and if ever that is met then of course there's a discussion between clubs and whether the player wants to stay or go."

Last year Maguire, who helped England reach the World Cup semifinals, signed a contract extension at Leicester until 2023. He played 31 league games last term, scoring three goals.

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