Manchester United are among the clubs interested in James Maddison, who is set to leave Leicester at the conclusion of the season. Potential bidders should be able to complete the deal with a bid of roughly £45 million, and if he moves to Old Trafford, he’d be the ideal long-term successor for Christian Eriksen. The England international would also cost about half as much as Antony, and a move would benefit both the Red Devils and the player.
When the transfer market reopens at the end of the season, Manchester United hopes to add a midfielder to their team.
The Red Devils are aware that they rely on Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen for inventiveness, and Ten Hag believes that further reinforcements are required if he is to fight for the Premier League crown next season.
And as the summer transfer window approaches, Maddison is one player on their radar.
Leicester City were willing to let their midfielder leave this summer as they prepare for a new era at the King Power Stadium, according to reports on Monday.
That is regardless of whether they are successful in avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
What strengthens United’s case is that Maddison is likely to want to come.
For starters, the Red Devils are on the rise under Erik Ten Hag. Despite insisting that he is no Harry Potter, the Dutchman has waved his magic wand since taking over.
They’ve already won the Carabao Cup this season, and they’re also in the FA Cup final.
United is also on the verge of returning to the Champions League.
Second, Maddison is a Manchester United fan.
As a youth, the England international was photographed wearing their jersey and grew up idolizing legends such as Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.
The Red Devils may also be interested in Maddison since he may be a long-term successor for Eriksen.
Eriksen has, of course, impressed since joining Brentford in the summer as a replacement for Frenkie de Jong.
But, at the age of 31, he won’t be able to continue indefinitely. Fresh legs in midfield would also be good, as this has been a problem for the team in previous years.
Maddison will not be cheap at £45 million. That is still a significant sum to spend on a player who has yet to play in the Champions League.
Nonetheless, the 26-year-old will be available soon, and at roughly half the price of Antony, he’d be a steal.