According to the latest reports from the Sun, Manchester United are plotting a double swoop on Leicester City as they are looking to sign Ben Chilwell and James Maddison for a possible £130m. United had already signed Harry Maguire from the Foxes this summer, but the fallen Manchester giants have had a horrid start to their Premier League campaign so far.
It is believed that Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be handed a hefty transfer budget, and that doesn’t seem like good news for the Foxes. James Maddison has played an influential role this season in the attacking third, and he is being seen as an upcoming star. The Foxes are currently fourth on the table, and it wouldn’t be too far fetched to say that they can genuinely challenge for the top 4 this season under Brendan Rodgers.
The former Liverpool boss has managed to establish an identity, and the players have taken it well as the Foxes have played some eye-catching football. However, whether they will be able to continue their good run is another matter. Rodgers though would be a worried man once the January transfer window opens.
A United source on the Leicester duo
A United source said: “We have already compiled a scouting report of both of them. We have been watching them for a few years now. They fit all the right requirements and criteria in terms of quality and keeping an English core which is important. Ole likes them, but it would be difficult to get them both at the same time. We will have to wait and see what happens.”
What should be Rodgers’ play?
Ben Chilwell is also wanted by the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, so it would be interesting to see who might win the battle for the England international. We think that the Foxes shouldn’t look to do any kind of business for the two players for any sum as that could seriously derail their ongoing campaign. Moreover, Rodgers is building something special at the club and Maddison and Chilwell are currently two crucial players in their setup.
Leicester are a team on the rise, and Manchester United are on a downward spiral. So, the decision for the duo could be easy in January. There is no point for them to leave Leicester for a club which has mostly been a graveyard for new signings.
Both of them are 22 and have a long term contract at the club. We think that the Foxes are unlikely to do any kind of business for the duo midway through the season. However, things could be different in the summer transfer market.
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