Manchester United To Sign James Maddison Within The Next Year

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Manchester United believe they can secure the signing of Leicester City’s James Maddison within the next year, according to The Athletic.

The 22-year-old has previously admitted he was a Red Devils fan during the era that saw Cristiano Ronaldo don the number seven shirt at Old Trafford, and the midfielder also fits in with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s preference to sign young, English talent.

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Maddison’s value will likely have increased after Gareth Southgate included him in the England squad earlier in October, though illness meant the former Norwich man was unable to feature in the fixtures against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

David Ornstein, an extremely reliable source previously of the BBC and now for the Athletic, believes a move to United will be likely for Maddison, saying: “Maddison fits the profile of player that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is looking for as he tries to rebuild an ailing squad, while the personal relationship between executives Ed Woodward and his opposite number Susan Whelan might encourage United if this becomes a formal pursuit.”

“Some I have spoken to with links to all three parties feel the 22-year-old will move to Old Trafford within the next year. Others suggest it is more likely he signs a new contract to improve his terms and protect his value to Leicester before leaving during the course of that deal. And, clearly, other clubs are sure to have a say in the situation, not least the one who he currently represents.”

“At this point in time nothing is even close to being decided — the only near-certainty is that the way things are shaping up, United will find it harder than ever to prise a player who in times gone by would have been a relatively straightforward capture for the 20-times champions of England.”

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