Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is reportedly set to join Manchester City in an £80million deal.
The transfer will make him the world’s most expensive Englishman, and defender, in history.
The Mirror claim Pep Guardiola sees Leicester’s Maguire as an ideal replacement for Vincent Kompany, who is taking up a player-manager role at Anderlecht next season.
The City captain played a crucial role in the club’s 2018/19 domestic treble-winning campaign, starting in both FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals and featuring heavily in the Premier League title run-in.
Maguire, who has starred for England over the past two years, is believed to have told friends he wants to join City.
So, who are the current top 10 most expensive English players? talkSPORT take a look.
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10. David Beckham (Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2003) – £24million
After winning six Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson, Beckham completed a big-money move to the Bernabeu.
He won just one LaLiga title during a four-year spell, but played alongside the likes of Brazilian Ronaldo, Raul, Zinedine Zidane and Roberto Carlos.
9. Adam Lallana (Southampton to Liverpool in 2014) – £25million
Lallana captained Southampton to an eighth-placed Premier League finish in what was just their second season back in the top-flight.
He was a key figure in the Saints’ free-flowing football and his superb form resulted in Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers splashing the cash.
8. James Milner (Aston Villa to Manchester City in 2010) – £26million
Milner was always a reliable performer under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini.
He won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and EFL Cup during his five-year spell at the Etihad.
7. Wayne Rooney (Everton to Manchester United in 2004) – £27million
Everton rejected a £20million bid from Newcastle before accepting a higher fee from Manchester United for an 18-year-old Rooney.
The former England captain is United’s all-time leading goalscorer.
He is considered an Old Trafford legend by supporters – and rightfully so.
6. Luke Shaw (Southampton to Manchester United in 2014) – £30million
Two seasons playing regular first-team Premier League football with Southampton saw Chelsea and United compete for Shaw’s signature.
And he became the world’s most expensive teenager after completing his move to Old Trafford.
5. Rio Ferdinand (Leeds to Manchester United in 2002) – £30million
Ferdinand became the world’s most expensive defender for a second time when signing for United.
Ferguson’s faith in the defender was repaid with six Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy during a hugely successful 12-year stay at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic formed one of the best defensive partnerships in Premier League history.
4. Andy Carroll (Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011) – £35million
Desperate to replace Fernando Torres, who had joined Chelsea, Liverpool signed Carroll for a then-club-record fee on January transfer deadline day.
Injuries and form blighted his Anfield career as he failed to hit the ground running.
3. John Stones (Everton to Manchester City in 2016) – £47.5million
After rejecting a £40million bid from Chelsea the previous summer, Everton could not turn down another mega bid from a Premier League rival.
Guardiola made Stones his eighth summer signing and, at the time, the second most expensive defender in the world, behind £50million man David Luiz.
2. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool to Manchester City in 2015) – £49million
In a controversial exit from Anfield, Sterling asked to leave the club twice before eventually joining Manchester City.
Now, he is an integral part of Guardiola’s star-studded team.
1. Kyle Walker (Tottenham to Manchester City in 2017) – £53million
Manchester City, for a third successive time, broke the bank for an English talent.
In his two seasons with City, Walker has won two Premier League titles, two Carabao Cups and an FA Cup.
His form was rewarded with a new two-year contract extension earlier this month.