Manchester United need to improve their squad in the January transfer window and a new name is in the limelight.
According to a report covered by Caught Offside, the Red Devils are looking to lure a new manager and they in talks with Spurs boss Pochettino, who has demanded Woodward to sign Leicester City’s James Maddison in the summer. In such a scenario, United are in talks to sign the attacking midfielder.
As per Caught Offside, Maddison would likely cost around £70million and Pochtteino believes that the England international is the ideal star to play the kind of playmaker’s role which is being played by Eriksen at Tottenham.
The Foxes signed the 22-year-old attacker from Norwich City in the summer transfer window and this season, he has so far netted 5 goals and provided 3 assists in 19 PL appearances under the management of Claude Puel.
Naturally, Maddison plays in the No.10 role behind the striker but he is a versatile talent, who can effectively play on the left wing and also as a secondary forward if needed.
However, he is surely not as good as a world class star like Christian Eriksen, who is at the peak of his game right now. Moreover, the mentioned fee of £70million is ridiculous taking into consideration that this is Maddison’s first season in the top flight of English football.
In my opinion, the Leicester City man is not better than the current crop of attackers at Old Trafford. If Pochettino is really looking to sign a ‘Christian Eriksen’ type of player for Manchester United, then, in all fairness, he should actually demand Woodward to bring Eriksen to Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old star is stalling on a new deal, his current contract with the north Londoners will expire (London Evening Standard) in less than 2 years (June 2020) and spending a fee of £70million to hire him would make much more sense.