An astounding report from the UK has emerged which states that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are ready to offer Jesse Lingard plus an extra plus £45 million fee to Leicester City to acquire James Maddison in the January transfer window.
It is said that Manchester United are in the hunt of a creative midfielder this month, and have made Maddison their prime target. The 23-year-old Englishman, who has been a vital figure for the Foxes this season, is enjoying a fine run of form under Brendan Rodgers, having scored six goals and three assists in 20 English Premier League outings.
The report further claims Solskjaer is convinced that Maddison is the man who can solve United’s midfield worries, and are willing to offer him a contract worth £150,000 a week. The other part of the deal includes Lingard being sent to the Foxes. The 27-year-old attacking midfielder has had his struggles in 2019 as he completed his calendar year with no goals and no assists. He was in the starting XI against Arsenal recently but was taken off even before the hour’s mark.
It is safe to assume that it will take more than what United are offering to take Maddison from Leicester. That coupled with Rodgers’ recent comments on his team’s transfer happenings further adds a full stop to the speculation.
“Nobody will leave here that we don’t want to go,” the Leicester manager said this week.
“I think we’ve had a couple of enquiries in terms of loans and for some of our younger players.
“But the players that are always talked about and mentioned, there will be nobody going.”
The fans, on the other hand, are going absolutely crazy about the news and this is how they are reacting to it:
Why do they think any these teams would actually want Lingard ? If they are going to replace Maddison they will find a better player then Lingard, be lucky if he stood out in the championship— Scott Purdie (@Scojototo) January 5, 2020
Leicester city when Man utd table £45m + Jesse Lingard for James Maddison... pic.twitter.com/KmMeT2bRqb— LORD HAVE MERCY (@oolumide_) January 5, 2020
Surplus Jesse Lingard and money can't afford a cherish playmaker in Maddison not even the entire Man Utd— ODONKOR KEN LOUIS (@Luiz0942010830) January 5, 2020
United fans shipping Lingard off so they can get Maddison pic.twitter.com/qCUJjic0uA— UnitedZone (@UnitedZone24) January 4, 2020
Manchester United bidding £45 million plus Lingard for James Maddison is up there with Arsenal offering Liverpool £40 million and an additional one dollars to trigger Luis Suarez’s 40 million release clause.— Ugbedeojo (@Certifiedopeboi) January 4, 2020
Leicester have reportedly rejected Man United’s £45m + Lingard bid for James Maddison. They’ve asked for just the £45m instead.— Therese 🇳🇴 (@ThereseUTD) January 4, 2020
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