Manchester United have been linked with James Maddison for the past few months and the latest reports going on in the media are extremely interesting.
Last month, The Athletic reported that Man United want to sign the England international in the winter transfer window and Leicester City value their prized asset at £100million.
Now, Mirror Sport have revealed that the 23-year-old is a top January target for the Red Devils, who are prepared to offer Jesse Lingard and £45million to the Foxes in order to land their star playmaker. The British outlet have reported that the Old Trafford club value Lingard at £40million.
Maddison is naturally a central attacking midfielder but he can effectively play on the flanks as well. He scored three goals from direct free-kicks last term and has the quality to strike the ball from distance and find killer passes.
In the last campaign, the Three Lions attacker scored 7 goals and provided 7 assists in the Premier League. This season, the Leicester star has excelled under the management of Brendan Rodgers and so far, he has directly contributed in 12 goals (9 goals and 3 assists) in 21 starts in all competitions.
On the other hand, in the year 2019, Lingard failed to score/create a single goal in the PL for Manchester United (The Sun). So, it is baffling that the 20-time English champions value the 27-year-old flop at £40million. In all fairness, Leicester would not like to replace their top playmaker with an average player like Lingard.
Nevertheless, Mirror Sport have also claimed that Man Utd are prepared to offer huge terms worth £150,000-a-week to secure the signature of Maddison. At the moment, the King Power outfit’s highest earner is Jamie Vardy, who gets £140,000-a-week and Man Utd’s top earner is David De Gea, who gets £350,000-a-week (The Sun).
After 21 league fixtures, the Foxes are second in the table and would likely qualify for the next season’s Champions League. However, the Red Devils are 15 points behind the 2015-16 champions and five points behind fourth placed Chelsea. So, they must improve big time in order to finish in the top four.
A player of Maddison’s caliber is good enough to play for a CL club and therefore the deal could depend on whether United can qualify for the Europe’s elite competition (Mirror Sport).
We shall see how the transfer saga unfolds. For the latest updates, watch this space.