£80 million Manchester United target Maddison sent transfer message over possible Old Trafford move
James Maddison is better off staying at Leicester than moving to Manchester United, claims Alan Shearer.
Maddison has been making all the right noises in the Premier League over the past few seasons and his performances have led to a lot of transfer speculation that the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham were interested in a summer transfer deal.
However, both were not willing to match the high asking price that Leicester had placed on the head of Maddison, which is believed to be around £60 million, and that meant that Maddison had to stay put for at least another season.
But Shearer believes he should ignore a move to Old Trafford.
“I totally understand why, if it’s true, Manchester United would want James Maddison because he’s a very, very good player,” Shearer told Coral.
“But I would be amazed if Leicester were to let him go in this transfer window. The way things are going at Leicester, the way he’s playing, what is at stake for Leicester… I cannot see them letting one of their top players go this January.
“If I was him, yes [I’d want to stay at Leicester] at this moment in time.
“When you look at the situation that Manchester United are in in terms of challenging for top four, how much they have to improve, the time that will take.
“I understand that they’re a huge football club but, in terms of where James Maddison is at this moment in time, I think he’s better off staying at Leicester certainly until the end of the season and then weigh things up again then.”
Maddison has already showed glimpses of why he is so highly rated in the Premier League by many of the Leagues best clubs, but United need more of a big named player than someone that still needs a good few years of developing.
Splashing more than £60 million would be a massive mistake by UNITED as they will need their funds in the coming windows to help improve other areas of the pitch, but if they can get him for anything less than that, he may be a good buy.
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