Leicester City midfielder James Maddison has given the green light to a move to Manchester United, according to reports.
United strengthened their midfield with the addition of Bruno Fernandes in January, but are still looking to add further quality to the position in the summer – and could be set to revisit the transfer policy they favoured in 2019.
The club decided to pursue young, English talent such as Aaron Wan Bissaka last summer, and they are set to look at homegrown players again, with Maddison topping their shortlist.
That’s according to the Manchester Evening News, who claim that Maddison is the main playmaker they want to sign at the end of the season.
But not only are United enthralled by Maddison – the player himself is now keen on the move.
The England international has been weighing up an offer of a new contract to stay with Leicester, with his current deal not expiring until 2023, but it is now claimed that he has made up his mind and will push to leave for Old Trafford in the summer.
According to the MEN, Maddison ‘would have been at United years ago’ if he had the choice, and at 23 years old, United think it is the right time to grant him his wish.
However, there may be a catch, because it is warned that Maddison may be valued at even more than the £80m United paid Leicester for Harry Maguire in 2019. In addition, the length of time still remaining on his contract at the King Power Stadium could strengthen Leicester’s hands in the negotiations.
Maddison remains hopeful that he can secure the move, though, with the good relationship he maintains with Maguire one factor in his wish to head to Old Trafford.