Sources close to a Manchester United transfer target have made a startling admission.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Leicester City’s James Maddison wants to move to Old Trafford and it’s been suggested that he ‘would have been at United years ago’ were it up to him.
The report suggests that Man Utd will prioritise a move for Maddison over another potential recruit, Jack Grealish, who has been in great form for struggling Aston Villa this season.
The player is expressing a desire to leave the King Power Stadium which puts United in a strong negotiation position.
Given how well Leicester have played this season, Brendan Rodgers will demand a big transfer fee for Maddison, though it’s fair to say in our position we need to face up to overspending on players.
United aren’t the best at meeting transfer demands. All you’ve got to do is look at how long it took to get deals for Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes over the line.
The rebuild — currently led by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — needs to kick on this summer with quality acquisitions. It’s important United qualify for the Champions League to make a move more appealing to top players.
We certainly need a player of Maddison’s quality in the final third, although I would be edging towards Grealish instead, accounting for performances this season.