Man Utd plot £80m move for Premier League playmaker; Gary Neville has already praised star

The transfer window may have closed earlier this month but that doesn’t mean the speculation has to stop.

According to the Mirror, Manchester United are preparing to launch a ‘transfer raid’ on Leicester City for their star player James Maddison.

After signing Leicester’s best player last summer in Harry Maguire, United could soon come knocking on their door again.

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The Foxes proved to be difficult negotiators over the Maguire deal and kept increasing their valuation of the defender. United know they are likely to do the same with Maddison, but hopefully it’s not another saga that drags on all summer.

There will be a number of clubs in the hunt for Maddison next summer. He signed for Leicester this summer and quickly acclimatised himself as a Premier League footballer.

The report in question claims that Maddison, who helped Leicester beat Sheffield United yesterday, is on the brink of the England squad, but also could be subject to an £80m bid from the Red Devils.

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Manchester Evening News add that United held some interest in Maddison this past summer, but prioritised a move for Maguire, as well as keeping Paul Pogba.

This doesn’t seem like a goer for January but it’s still a transfer link worth keeping an eye on.

Gary Neville is a fan

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has tipped Maddison to be a big success for England in the coming years.

Given what he said about the midfielder on Monday Night Football he wouldn’t be against the Leicester playmaker making a move to Old Trafford.

“He is a genuine creative player,” Neville said on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, as quoted by the MEN. “I think he is outstanding. I think he will be playing for England a lot of times.

“He will be in the European Championship squad. I think he’s fantastic.” 

Neville’s colleague at Sky Sports Jamie Carragher admitted he would like to see the midfielder sign for Liverpool.

“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at.

“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he has gone to Bayern Munich, but if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you are going to take that next step up.”

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