James Maddison future remains up in the air at Leicester City, though reports suggest that he could wait until the summer before making his mind up.
Do you seriously think Maddison would snub Man Utd?
Yes, why not
According to the Manchester Evening News, sources close to the midfielder say that he is not close to signing a new deal at the King Power and may well wait for the season to finish before rushing into any decision about his next move.
The 22-year-old is currently contracted until 2023 in the East Midlands, however, after making his first international cap and with four goals to his name already this campaign, there are clubs lining up to try and get him out before then.
According to the report, United want a minimum of four signings across the next two windows. Furthermore, sources from the Red Devils told the outlet that 23 is the perfect age to recruit a player, with Maddison turning that age this month. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are also hopeful that his relationship with Harry Maguire and the fact he supported United as a boy will help them get closer to the deal.
Even though the former Norwich ace has been a vital part of the club’s success this campaign, it may do more harm than good by keeping a player against his will.
So far this season, the club looks to be benefitting from the sale of Harry Maguire. Not only did they rake in £80m from the sale the England defender, but they also allowed for another young star to blossom, and haven’t been impacted by the repercussions of keeping a player who doesn’t want to be there.
While there is no suggestion as to how much Maddison may cost, it is probably a fair assumption to assume that he will cost at least the amount Maguire did. Not only is the midfielder younger and play in a traditionally more expensive position, but other clubs have been tipped to sign him according to reports (The Express), including the European champions Liverpool.
If Leicester can reinvest the money they could potentially get for him, then it could really benefit the club. You can also compare the signings of Caglar Soyuncu to that of Dennis Praet; both players are capable of replacing the two aforementioned but were signed for a cut-fee the season before they could blossom.
Theoretically, with a year’s worth of training behind his back and a fair few appearances, Praet could slot into the 23-year-olds place and have the same kind of impact as Soyuncu has had replacing Maguire. After all, he boasts a higher pass completion rate than Maddison already and is dispossessed fewer times per game (via WhoScored), so does appear to have a talent in that role.
Furthermore, that potential future money available to the club will not have to be overspent on a player to play the exact same position as the attacking midfielder, and they can reinvest in other positions in the squad.
Leicester fans – what do you think? Would you take £80m for Maddison and would it be worth keeping him against his will?
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