Man Utd to treble Leicester money for man labelled No 1 Solskjaer target
Date published: Monday 16th September 2019 8:50
The Old Trafford giants this summer spent a world-record transfer fee for a defender to prise Harry Maguire from the King Power Stadium in an £80m coup – but according to The Times, the Foxes will be the subject of another huge approach from United in 2020.
As per the report, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set his heart on reuniting Maguire with his old Leicester teammate James Maddison, with the Red Devils ready to test the Foxes’ resolve to keep the attacking midfielder by launching a £60m offer for his services.
Leicester have said they are under no pressure to sell the 22-year-old, and with three and a half years left on his deal, it seems the ball is very much in their court. However, it’s reported that United believe their financial mite could win the day – much as it did with Maguire – and are preparing a £60m approach for the player next year.
The Times claims United will make the approach next summer, but it’s suggested their bid could even arrive in January with interest in the player, who was recently called into the England squad, mounting.
Maddison joined Leicester in a £20m move from Norwich in summer 2017 and scored seven times and made seven more during an excellent debut season in the Premier League. And with his star continuing to rise – he’s already scored one and created two more so far this season – it’s claimed United hope Leicester will be tempted to sell by offering them treble their initial investment on the player.
The Manchester Evening News last week also suggested Maddison was a major target for Solskjaer and the latest from The Times merely underlines the suggestion that an approach is likely to be made.
Just last week Maddison admitted that, while he is happy at Leicester, he already thinking about the next stage of his career.
“I want to play at the highest level my ability will allow me to,” he said.
“I like to think I’ve my head screwed on with the transfers I’ve made.
“I’ve played League One, in Scotland, the Championship and the Premier League. I worked my way up.”
United’s pursuit of Maddison would surely also end their interest in Christian Eriksen, despite the Dane reportedly making a final decision over his Tottenham future this weekend.