Manchester United to go for the full monty in James Maddison pursuit

Manchester United are set to go for the full monty in their pursuit of Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, according to the Express.

Leicester’s stance remains the same: they do not want to sell; however, the Red Devils do not seem bothered by that at all and are going to try every way possible to be able to get the stylish no.10.

The encouragement could have been derived from the fact that Maddison hasn’t signed a new contract at the King Power Stadium yet. It has become a major cause for worry with the time running up, and it is only adding to the long list of clubs wanting him.

Brendan Rodgers, though, insists that that talks are heading in the right direction and that he sees the 23-year old staying put.

“Talks have been ongoing with the club and his representatives,” he said.

“The boy is very happy, he wants to be here and he sees this as the club he can develop at. I am hopeful it will be done.

“He loves football, he genuinely does. He loves the game and practising and talking about football. On Wednesday, he was out doing extra finishing exercises.

“He is on a great learning curve and is a boy who wants to get to the very highest level.

“He has made a rapid rise from League One into the Premier League and he is constantly developing.”

His words seem to be in sync with what The Athletic have reported, so we can only assume – and be sanguine – that the England international will sign a new deal and grace the KP for the years to come.

According to the Manchester Evening News, though, those close to the player suggest he “would have been at United years ago” if he had his way. If it is true, then it is telling and could prove to be a defining factor when United do come for him.

If he really wants the move, then there is no way that any offer from Leicester would be convincing enough for him. Whatever the end result, the Foxes need to react quickly.