As per a report from John Percy of the Telegraph, Leicester City are close to tying star midfielder James Maddison down to a new contract.
Maddison, a 23-year-old attacking midfielder, made the move to the King Power Stadium in the summer of 2018, on the back of a stellar campaign in the Championship with Norwich City.
And, despite his lack of Premier League experience, the Coventry youth product subsequently went on to take to the rigours of top-flight football like a duck to water.
Maddison played a crucial role in Leicester’s top-half finish, starting in all but 3 of the Foxes’ Premier League outings.
He also racked up a none-too-shabby 7 goals and 7 assists in the league alone, with the midfielder’s wicked set-piece delivery and free-kick prowess having lit up the King Power throughout the campaign.
Perfectly showcasing just how impressive a creative outlet Maddison proved in 2018/19 was the fact that he created more chances than any other player in the Premier League last season.
New Leicester deal?
Maddison’s creative streak has since carried into the opening half of the new season, too, with 14 direct goal contributions.
The English international’s form has proven crucial to Leicester’s surprise run to 3rd in the Premier League table.
And it is this consistent excellence which has inevitably led to links between the midfielder and some of England’s top clubs.
The outfit most persistently-touted as a potential destination, to this point, have been Manchester United.
Despite the Red Devils’ January capture of Bruno Fernandes, reports nevertheless continue to circulate that Maddison remains a prime summer target of the Old Trafford hierarchy.
As outlined above, however, United will likely be forced to look elsewhere for further midfield reinforcements.
This comes amid claims that Maddison is close to putting pen-to-paper on a new deal at the King Power Stadium.
As per the reliable John Percy of the Telegraph:
‘Maddison’s representatives are in advanced negotiations over a lucrative long-term deal for the England international, with the club keen to conclude talks over the mid-winter break.’
An agreement is expected to be found imminently, after which Maddison is highly unlikely to be on the move over the transfer windows to come.