According to the MEN, James Maddison is keen to quit Leicester for Manchester United this summer.
It’s a fascinating development because United’s recent signing of Bruno Fernandes asks questions over whether Maddison is still needed.
Both Fernandes and Maddison play in the same attacking midfield position.
United obviously need an extra option other than Fernandes, with Lingard, Pereira and Mata not good enough, but it should not be a priority to pay Maddison’s £80 million value [via The Express] simply for an alternative.
Excellent player, but is he right for us now?
Maddison has everything United would look for in a new signing. He’s young, with great potential to get better at just 23, and is proven in the Premier League.
He has delivered in big games this season too, with goals against Tottenham and Arsenal.
United are better served committing funds towards paying for Jack Grealish, who is a more versatile midfielder and recently outperformed Maddison in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Grealish would better suited to playing alongside Fernandes, rather than it being an either-or scenario.
United may have different plans for Fernandes. We saw him perform in a deeper role against Wolves, and perhaps it’s possible he plays here with Maddison in front of him next season.
He wants it more
Right now it is coming across as though Maddison wants the move to United more than us actively chasing him.
His contract talks with Leicester are on hold, the MEN report as he deliberates his next move.
It seems to us as though he may be panicking that he could miss out, after Fernandes’ move.
While a new contract was once a negotiating tactic from the club to drive up a price – Harry Maguire signed one in 2018, 10 months before his move to United – Maddison could totally kill off his now slim chances of a move to Old Trafford if he commits to Leicester.
It’s a shame, as he is a quality player who has the ability and character to play for United.
As it stands though, Fernandes’ move makes it unlikely and available funds are more likely to be spent on a striker, a replacement for Paul Pogba, and a winger. Maddison is none of these.
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