Leicester City midfielder James Maddison has seemingly marked himself out as one of England’s stars of the future, with many big names now trying to lure the Foxes star away from the King Power Stadium.
According to a report from The Athletic via The Sun, Maddison’s exploits for the Foxes have attracted interest from a host of top six clubs – including Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City.
United, in particular, are reportedly leading the race to sign Maddison – even after a gutsy performance against rivals Liverpool at the weekend where Marcus Rashford shined for the Red Devils.
The 22-year-old thoroughly impressed last season for Brendan Rodgers’ side, bagging seven goals and seven assists in a midfield bereft of star quality, as per WhoScored.com.
Maddison has continued in that same vain so far this campaign, most recently making the headlines with a stuffy equaliser at Anfield, putting his side in contention for a shock 1-1 draw – though James Milner’s last-minute penalty thwarted such efforts.
Nevertheless, the England U21 international has been a mainstay and crucial cog in Leicester’s system – and despite United’s perceived lack of success in recent years, they could still be the go-to destination for him.
An agent, speaking to The Athletic, hinted that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side still offer that pulling power – but not so much after these past two seasons.
“Everybody is wondering what Manchester United are about and where they are going,” explained the agent.
“Each situation is different and for some players United is still the destination of choice. But more generally players are less willing to go there than in the past.
“Agents will be asking for more because they know that for the first time in a long time Man United need players more than players need them.
“They used to be in the stronger position but they now have a weaker hand and players can use that to their advantage in negotiations.”
Other top Premier League clubs interested in acquiring Maddison’s signature appear to have at least one star attacking midfielder, with Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum, Spurs’ Christian Eriksen – not to mention City’s Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva – offering real creativity to each of their respective clubs.
Indeed, it appears Man United, if the reports are genuine, could potentially offer the Leicester starlet a freely available much-needed position to be filled – even if they aren’t as successful recently as other clubs in the running.
Still, though, Rodgers should be doing everything he can to keep the Englishman at the King Power – given his obvious talent.
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