Manchester United are one of the clubs interested in signing Leicester City midfielder James Maddison ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
The England international is set to enter the final year of his Foxes deal in July and reports claim that he will leave the club regardless of their league status.
The Foxes are likely to demand at least £45 million for their prized asset but the big question is whether United will make a genuine approach to sign him.
Maddison is predominantly an attacking midfielder by trade and United have the position well covered through Bruno Fernandes, who has been a revelation.
The 28-year-old star has registered 61 goals and 53 assists from 178 outings. He has stayed injury free throughout his playing career which is quite fascinating.
Hence, Maddison is unlikely to displace him from the starting XI. In our view, a summer deal depends on whether Ten Hag values the versatility of the midfielder.
Maddison has largely operated from the number 10 role but has played over 30 games in central midfield. He has an equal number of appearances on the left and right wing.
Looking at his career statistics, he has been more successful from the right side of the attack. He averages 0.71 goal contributions per appearance throughout his career.
In comparison, he has managed 0.41 goal involvements per game in the number 10 role. The average is slightly higher from central midfield (0.45) and the left wing (0.52).
In our view, a transfer for Maddison will rely on Ten Hag’s stance. United would not want to make a huge outlay on an attacking midfielder to keep him on the bench.
Maddison could be a regular starter for United with his ability to play four different positions and it is left to be seen whether Ten Hag gives the green light for a move.
Last night, Maddison had another top showing for the Foxes against Everton. He won an impressive six dribbles and 10 take-ons while assisting Jamie Vardy’s goal.
The Englishman unfortunately failed to convert a penalty in the first half but he was still one of the best players on the pitch in the 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com and Sofascore.com
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