James Maddison makes Man Utd transfer decision after Leicester contract offer


Leicester City playmaker James Maddison has reportedly decided he wants a Manchester United move in the summer.

Maddison is considering a new contract offer from the Foxes as they look to tempt him to commit his future to the club as one of their highest earning players.

But despite the chance to increase his wages at the King Power Stadium, the Manchester Evening News report that Maddison does want an Old Trafford switch.

They claim there are still numerous factors at play which could impact a summer move, but Maddison has been earmarked as their top playmaker target and 'would have been at United years ago' if he had a chance.

James Maddison reportedly wants to join Man Utd in the summer (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Despite signing Bruno Fernandes in the summer, the United hierarchy still want Maddison or Aston Villa's Jack Grealish as they aim to add more creativity to their squad.

They are said to have budgeted for between three and give signings across the two transfer windows in 2020 and will sign at least three new players in the summer.

Maddison has played a crucial role for Leicester since his £24million switch from Norwich in 2018, helping them up to third in the Premier League table.

They sold Harry Maguire to United for a huge fee in the summer but Maddison could attract a higher price as he aims to secure a switch to Old Trafford.

Maddison has emerged as a top Man Utd target after his Leicester performances (Image: PA)

Maddison, who was handed his first senior England call-up last year but was photographed in a casino before their defeat to the Czech Republic in October having pulled out of the squad through illness.

He hit the headlines again this week after being pictured in a nightclub during their winter break in Dubai - but manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is not the party-boy being protrayed.

Rodgers said: "I love his energy, I love his appetite to be better. Some people are trying to portray him as something that he’s not.

“Thankfully, I know the reality. He’s a top-class young professional who focuses on his game and wants to be better.

“We’ve spoken about training mentality and to arrive at that very top level, and how you sustain that, you see it in his performances and you see it in his numbers.

“I can only judge him on my time here, nearly a year now, he’s been absolutely brilliant for me. And outside of the pitch, he’s been an absolute joy.

“He’s a charming young man - really respectful and he really respects what he has here at Leicester.

“He’s definitely on the path to being one of the top players - you can see that. He’s just a pleasure to work with.”