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Who is the most expensive British player ever sold in the EPL?
As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the most expensive British player ever sold in the English Premier League (EPL) is Harry Maguire. In August 2019, Manchester United signed the English center-back from Leicester City for a reported fee of £80 million.
Harry Maguire's transfer to Manchester United surpassed the previous record set by another English player, Virgil van Dijk, when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million in January 2018. Maguire's move to Manchester United highlighted the growing significance of British players in the transfer market and the escalating fees associated with top-quality talent.
The transfer fee for Maguire made him the world's most expensive defender at the time, surpassing the previous record held by Van Dijk. Manchester United's decision to acquire Maguire reflected their desire to strengthen their defensive line and solidify their backline for the upcoming seasons.
Maguire's performances for Leicester City and the England national team caught the attention of top clubs, and his strong aerial presence, leadership qualities, and ability to read the game made him an attractive target. Manchester United's pursuit of Maguire eventually culminated in his record-breaking transfer, making him the costliest British player in EPL history.
It is worth noting that transfer fees are subject to change as new transfer windows open and clubs engage in further negotiations. Therefore, there is a possibility that the record for the most expensive British player sold in the EPL could change in the future.