Manchester United fans across the globe took a collective sigh of relief, as a topsy-turvy season – fuelled by an array of drastically conflicting emotions – came to a close. It had everything, didn’t it? Yet, while fans were certainly not short of entertainment, their sanity and heart-rates took a rather severe beating. However, play time is over, and now the really fun stuff begins – the transfer window.
Indeed, we all know it, United somewhat collapsed towards the end of the season, leaving them without Champions League football for next season. But that is perhaps their greatest strength. No matter what state the club is in, they are always a draw. They have the finances and the reputation to tempt just about anyone to the club.
So then, who are they to sign?
Many had hoped for a move for former City starlet Jadon Sancho, but the Daily Mail reported the potential deal was in ‘tatters’ after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
However, a story that has emerged this morning (as per the Independent) is that United have moved ahead of rivals Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool in the race for James Maddison. But how would the midfield dynamo fit into the team?
Firstly, it must be recognised that Maddison would represent an enigma in the squad. They simply have possessed nothing like him. Right now, only the 31-year-old Juan Mata would arguably be the closest fit, being a left-footed attacking midfielder. But with his contract set to expire, it seems desperately unlikely he will be there next season. An extension would hardly excite the fans, would it?
Additionally, Ander Herrera will no longer be at the club next season (as per BBC Sport), leaving United desperately short in midfield. Put simply, they categorically need reinforcements.
Maddison scored and assisted seven in a debut Premier League campaign with Leicester that caught the attention of the masses. The 22-year-old showed no signs that it was his first season in England’s top league. He has an eye for goal, loves to get on the ball and can see a pass from anywhere. No player in the league created more chances than the Leicester man, after all. Where United have often been stagnant and lacked creativity, Maddison would undoubtedly provide a well-needed spark.
After a series of terrific performances, the Englishman is now valued at £27m (as per TransferMarkt), but it would surely take a lot more to secure his services. In fact, it has been reported it would take closer to £60m to secure his services (as per the Independent).
Despite the hefty fee, it would more than worth it for a young English midfielder that would provide so much.
United fans, what are your thoughts on a potential move for James Maddison? Would he get straight into the team? Is £60m too much? Comment below…
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