Paper Talk: Man Utd offer player plus £45m for Leicester ace

Date published: Sunday 5th January 2020 9:58

Man Utd will reportedly offer a top star plus £45million in their bid to land a Leicester ace, while West Ham have joined Tottenham in the race for a £70m defender, according to Sunday’s newspapers.



Manchester United are reportedly prepared to trade Jesse Lingard plus £45million in a bid to persuade Leicester to sell James Maddison.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to lure the England playmaker to Old Trafford, as United look to begin the next stage of their re-building project.

And he’s prepared to sacrifice Lingard, with the Norwegian boss believing Maddison possesses the hunger and talent to make him a perfect fit for United’s future, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Lingard, 27, has failed to kick on at United, with his poor form seeing has seen him dumped by England boss Gareth Southgate this season.

Maddison, however, has been in red-hot form for Leicester and has emerged as a major United target, while Tottenham are also said to be chasing the former Norwich man.

The report adds that while United ‘accept it will be impossible to push Leicester to sell 23-year-old Maddison in the January window’ they are ‘optimistic they can do a deal for the Foxes ace in the summer’.

United are prepared to almost triple Maddison’s current £55,000-a-week wage and put the player on a whopping £150,000-a-week salary.

To match that Leicester would have to rip up their wage structure and make Maddison their highest paid player above top earner Jamie Vardy on £140,000-a-week and goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel on £130,000-a-week.

But the deal could depend on whether United can make it into the top four this season, with Maddison desperate to add to his experience and play Champions League football.





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