Leicester City playmaker James Maddison has been strongly linked with a move to the ranks of the Premier League champions Manchester City.
According to the Independent, the blue half of Manchester have been following Maddison for a considerable amount of time now and he is expected to cost £60million if he leaves the King Power Stadium this summer.
Interestingly, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also believed to be interested in Maddison, with the former leading the race for his signature.
The attacker had an impressive debut season with Leicester City last season, and it isn’t surprising to see some of the English heavyweights queuing up to sign him this summer.
James Maddison: Stats
Leicester City signed Maddison last summer for £20million, from Norwich City, and he surprised quite a few fans and pundits alike with his performances in what was his first full season in the top flight.
The attacker managed to score 7 goals and provide 7 assists in 36 league outings, and was often responsible for providing the creative impetus in the attacking half for Leicester.
The 22-year-old featured predominantly as a number 10, and mustered a pass completion rate of 83.8%.
Maddison would be a good option for Manchester City
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has an incredible squad at his disposal, and signing someone like Maddison wouldn’t necessarily improve the quality of the first team, but it would add more depth to the squad.
Maddison has a good work-ethic, and despite being just 22, he has shown the ability to pick a pass in the attacking third, something Guardiola would admire as he has seen his side come up against low0blocks more often than not in his spell at the Etihad.
The former Norwich City attacker averaged 2.8 key passes a game for Leicester, and is a good technical player who can fit in under Guardiola’s possession-based system.
Having already proved his mettle in the Premier League for a season, there wouldn’t be much risk involved in signing him either.
For Maddison, the opportunity to win titles and to play in the Champions League could tempt him away from the King Power Stadium.
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