Manchester United Plotting Move For £80m-Rated James Maddison

Leicester City's Youri Tielemans celebrates scoring their first goal with James Maddison.

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Manchester United fans heavily reiterated their side’s lack of activity in the recently concluded transfer window when the Red Devils suffered an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The result was the first time that the Eagles had triumphed over the Red Devils in the Premier League era.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lacked the creative intent in their midfield to penetrate the deep-lying defense of the away side. In particular, criticism was hurled at Jesse Lingard for not rising to the occasions and functioning as the attacking midfielder that United required.

The Norwegian failed to convince the board to invest in the midfield this summer and now it may be haunting them.

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However, the Mirror claims that the club will try to amend this issue come January. The Red Devils have allegedly identified Leicester City’s James Maddison as the go-to attacking midfielder for the winter window.

The report adds that United are well aware that the Foxes won’t be eager to part with the England international who was acquired from Norwich City just last season.

Back then, it took a mere £20 million to lure Maddison to Leicester but for United to acquire him, a deal similar to the £80 million paid for Harry Maguire recently will have to be put forth on the negotiating table.

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Further, while the Old Trafford outfit may submit official bids in January itself, the Foxes may be hesitant at even considering the sale of the 22-year-old until the start of next season.

The starlet is also expected to be a rising star for England’s national side and Ryan Southgate could name him in the squad for the upcoming international break.

Regardless, United will be bereft of a solid attacking midfielder until then and while Solskjaer does have the option of tinkering in the spot, things do appear grim for the time being.