Reliable journalist David Ornstein has been told by all parties involved that James Maddison could move to Manchester United “within the next year”.
The English midfielder has emerged on the radar of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following an impressive 18 months in the number eight role under Brendan Rodgers.
Pressure has mounted on United to add to its midfield following its failure to reinforce that area over the summer.
According to Ornstein in The Athletic, sources from United, Leicester and Maddison’s camp suggest that a move to Old Trafford is on the cards next summer.
David Ornstein on James Maddison: "Some I have spoken to with links to all three parties [#mufc, Leicester and the player's camp] feel the 22-year-old will move to Old Trafford within the next year." #mulive [the athletic]
— utdreport (@utdreport) October 21, 2019
You can picture it, can’t you? Having just pinched Harry Maguire from the same club, Maddison will feel that, with another year of Premier League football under his belt, that he is ready to make the big leap next summer.
Of course, there is still a chance that he could sign a new contract at the King Power, but doing so would be inimical to the interests of any player who wants to play at the highest level possible. Moving forward and moving upwards is something all footballers aim for, surely?
The Englishman is without a doubt a player whose quality is too good to pass up for a club desperately lacking invention in midfield.