Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed an agreement between the club and Manchester United for Harry Maguire, though insisted the deal is not yet complete.

After a lengthy transfer saga, it was reported earlier on Friday that United had finally agreed an £80million price that would see the England centre-back overtake Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk as the most expensive defender in football history.

And while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer declined to comment on the situation in Cardiff this evening, Rodgers offered an update after watching his Leicester side complete their pre-season campaign with a 2-1 win over Serie A outfit Atalanta at the King Power Stadium – a match that Maguire did not take part in.

“There’s been obviously communication between the two clubs,” he told Sky Sports.

“There’s still a bit to go in terms of Harry’s medical and whatever personals he needs to sort out but yeah, it is what it is.

“He’s a special player. He’s not a player that of course we would want to lose, however. It’s something that we’ll see over the course of the weekend.

“I think if there’s anything more to say on it, we’ll do that after the weekend. At this moment the clubs have agreed and there’s still some work to do for it to go through.”

While discussing potential contingency plans for Leicester, Rodgers added: “At this moment in time, obviously a fee has been agreed with Harry and we’ll just see how the weekend goes.”

Rodgers claimed that the Maguire deal was an “incredible piece of business” for Leicester and was also effusive in his praise of how the player has conducted himself during such a protracted saga.

“He’s a top-class player, he’s a good man as well,” he said. “I’ve been involved in a number of these types of scenarios where all things get said and things happen to manufacture a deal. 

“This is a guy that knows there has been interest all the way through the summer and he’s been super professional. He’s been with his team-mates right the way through and been a really, really good guy.”

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