Manchester United paid a huge £80 million lump sum for Harry Maguire, it has emerged.
United shattered the world record transfer fee for a defender in August by signing Maguire from Leicester, in a deal which was eventually agreed at a total of £85m.
And it can be revealed that United were so intent on recruiting the England international that they paid almost all of the fee up front.
Many transfer deals at high cost are paid in instalments, with further money triggered on appearances, but Leicester banked around £80m for the centre-half in one huge payment.
Brendan Rodgers, the Leicester manager, will target a new centre-half in January as he prepares to spend some of the cash generated from the Maguire sale.