Graeme Souness believes Harry Maguire has the qualities to excel at Manchester United.
The Red Devils have agreed on an £80m deal to sign the Leicester centre-back, according to Sky sources.
The move is set to surpass the world-record £75m Liverpool paid for Van Dijk who joined from Southampton in January 2018.
And former Liverpool player and manager Souness is of the opinion the England international will live up to the billing.
“Everyone knows that [United] are desperate to get back challenging for the Premier League,” said the Sky Sports pundit.
“There is a premium to be paid normally for United and this time, there is a premium on a premium.
“But Harry Maguire is a top player – what is he, 26 years old? So he arguably has eight years left at the top left in him, provided he does not get any knocks.”
Souness went to emphasize that Maguire’s versatility is one of his major assets as a defender.
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“He has outstanding quality because he can defend, he is great on the ball, he has great presence, is a big guy.
“And the thing I really like about him is when maybe his team have been behind in the past, he is ready to step into midfield and become a midfield player and be the difference. He gets goals from set-pieces.”