As per a report from the Independent, Manchester United plan to reignite their pursuit of Leicester City midfielder James Maddison in the summer.
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 over the course of the season was the following statistic:
James Maddison created the most chances (100) and scored more direct free-kicks (3) than any other player during the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Does those sort of stats remind you of anyone? 🎯 pic.twitter.com/f5YnhtKMKX
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 3, 2019
United ‘still want’ Maddison
Maddison’s creative streak has since carried into the opening half of the new season, too, with 14 direct goal contributions in 30 appearances.
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, meanwhile, have been Manchester United.
The Red Devils are known to be on the lookout for attack-minded midfield reinforcements this month, amid Jesse Lingard’s widely-publicised struggles.
28 games. 0 goals. 0 assists.
Jesse Lingard ends 2019 without a direct goal involvement in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/YbyESHFIUE
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 28, 2019
And, as outlined above, despite their chase of Bruno Fernandes, United are still said to be keen on luring Maddison to Old Trafford.
Miguel Delaney of the Independent claims that those in charge of the Manchester giants are wary of making ‘the kind of expensive signing that is only for the short-term’, hence their hesitance to cough up the fee being demanded by Sporting CP for Fernandes.
United ‘still want’ Maddison, though, with it remaining to be seen whether the Red Devils opt to push forward with their pursuit of the Leicester star this month, or wait until the summer to table a big-money bid.