Man Utd transfer target James Maddison tipped to snub Red Devils by Steve Walsh

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Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Leicester man Steve Walsh has tipped James Maddison to snub the advances of Manchester United.

What did he say?

Reports in recent weeks and months have claimed the £80m-rated Maddison will be one of the Red Devils’ main targets for the summer transfer window next year.

However, Walsh has now revealed he could see the 22-year-old turning down the chance to move to Old Trafford, and said that he appears to be happy in his current surroundings.

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He said: “I think he’d stay. He’s a grounded lad who understands the loyalties in the game. I think he’s one of those that will definitely stay at Leicester for a few seasons. There’s always rumours that a team is interested in James Maddison but I believe that he’s happy here and he’s showing that in games.”

Bitter blow

If the current Premier League season continues in the direction it is going, then Maddison will have no legitimate footballing reason to join United. The Red Devils have looked well off the pace, and find themselves with just nine points to their name. At this rate, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may not even make the Europa League places, let alone finish in the top four.

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United could well be left heavily relying on the lure of their name to entice players to join. But the longer this period of decline goes on, the more difficult it becomes for the club to remain an attractive proposition. And, on the pitch, their lack of creativity means missing out on Maddison would be a major blow.

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The Leicester play-maker has averaged 1.6 key passes and 3.3 dribbles per game in the Premier League. Compare that to the numbers being produced by Jesse Lingard (0.7 and 0.7), and you can see why failing to sign Maddison would rob United of a decisive attacking weapon.