Despite their recent struggles, Manchester United are still a major pull for any players who’re on the move. The Old Trafford outfit have massive money and a real history when it comes to developing talent. What’s not to like?
Since being named manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done his best to get United back to their roots – and it’s fantastic to see.
Amongst those players who the Red Devils are seemingly eyeing is James Maddison. The latest story we covered came from The Athletic, who suggested that the Englishman is still a primary target despite the fact he could be about to sign a new deal with Leicester City.
Well today, pundit Danny Murphy has further fuelled the fire, by suggesting that he expects the classy 23-year-old to join United – provided they pay enough of course…
“You cannot tell me there’s a young English footballer at Leicester who will turn down United. Not gonna happen. If United come in for James Maddison, and pay enough, he’s gone” Murphy told The Debate, on Sky Sports.
“United are a big enough… I’m not a United fan, but they still have the draw. To play at Old Trafford, Theatre of Dreams, rather than the King Power Stadium, irrelevant of league position, he’s gone.”
The question is, how much is enough? Leicester rightly played hard-ball with us over Harry Maguire and we should expect another summer of something similar in 2020 – should United want Maddison that badly.
Word on the grapevine is that Maddison is a United fan, too, which only further fuels the fire. The attacking-midfielder plays in a real position of need for Solskjaer’s squad. He’s a hard-working lad who’d fully understand what it means to call Old Trafford his home.
For me, this deal is going to happen sooner rather than later. I would feel much more comfortable if United could get themselves in amongst the top four, though…