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Manchester United Leading Chase To Sign This £60m English Ace: What Will He Add To Solskjaer’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by talkSPORT, Manchester United have gained ground over Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in pursuit of Leicester City midfielder James Maddison during the summer transfer window. The Daily Record has claimed that the Red Devils will have to pay around £60m to bring the English midfielder to Old Trafford in this offseason.

Man United’s Lack Of Creativity In Midfield

Man United have struggled to get enough creativity from their midfield last season with both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic failing to put in a consistent run of performances in the recently concluded Premier League campaign. The Foxes playmaker can flourish at the red half of Manchester under the watchful eyes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian head coach has showed last season that he is willing to give young players a chance so Maddison would have a good shot of securing a permanent starting berth at the Theatre of Dreams. 

Maddison’s Brilliant Debut Season With Leicester

The Coventry-born talent has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign with the West Midlands outfit as he helped them secure a strong ninth place finish in the English top-flight standings. The 22-year-old has featured in 38 matches for Brendan Rodgers’ team this term, registering seven goals while providing seven assists across multiple competitions.

What Will The English Playmaker Add To Solskjaer’s Team?

Maddison has decent pace in his locker and can be an unstoppable force in midfield when he is dribbling with the ball at full speed. The former Norwich City sensation has built a reputation of creating plays for others around him. Furthermore, he can also contribute by scoring goals from midfield, which makes him one of the brightest young talents coming out of English football.

The Leicester midfield ace has already proven his worth in the Premier League which makes him a low-risk acquisition for Solskjaer if he can pull off the deal to bring him to Manchester ahead of the new season. Maddison will not only add a lot of creativity to the Man United midfield but will also provide more competition for places within the Red Devils squad.

With so many talented players such as Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard playing around him, the English facilitator’s numbers from last season might also improve if he takes the leap to seal a move to Old Trafford this summer.

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