Manchester United may have been given a lift to their hopes of signing James Maddison, despite the Leicester star closing in on a new deal.
The Daily Telegraph claims that the Foxes and Maddison are in “advanced negotiations over a lucrative long-term deal” for the England international.
The report adds that Brendan Rodgers’ men hope to conclude the talks during the Premier League mid-winter break.
Maddison has three-and-half years left to run on the contract he signed when he joined Leicester from Norwich City in the summer of 2018.
The 23-year-old’s sparkling form since arriving at the King Power has seen him strongly linked with the likes of United, Liverpool and Tottenham, although it is the former who are said to have shown significant interest.
The Telegraph does add, however, that Maddison’s new deal is not expected to contain a release clause, which could be a huge news for any club eyeing a future bid for the player.
On the one hand it means Leicester can turn down any offer they like but on the other, the fact that the Foxes will not insert an exit clause figure that would be expected to be in excess of £100m means United could land Maddison for more a bargain fee – particularly if his form dips going forward.
Either way, interest in the attacking midfielder is not expected to go away anytime soon, especially if he continues his upward trend.
Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard could move abroad when he leaves Manchester United, with two surprise clubs leading the race to sign him, claims a report.
Lingard has struggled for form over the last couple of years for United, having scored a brace in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge in December 2018 only to go without a Premier League goal since.
The midfielder recently rose eyebrows by hiring Mino Raiola as his new agent, though, and the appointment could already be working to good affect for Lingard, as he has now been linked with two of Europe’s biggest clubs. Read more…