James Maddison has teased Manchester United fans over a possible move to Old Trafford by naming Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and fellow transfer target Jadon Sancho in a list of his best ever team-mates.
The 23-year-old midfielder has followed on from an outstanding debut campaign for Leicester with six goals and three assists in the Premier League this season and his magnificent form has sparked rumours of a big-money move ahead of the summer transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified Maddison as one of his top attacking targets along with the likes of Sancho, Harry Kane, Jack Grealish and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and recent reports claim the Leicester star is itching for a move away from the King Power Stadium to join United.
However, it’s understood the Red Devils will have to meet Leicester’s hefty £80million asking price if they are to have any hope of landing the England international.
A lifelong United supporter, Maddison has privately made no secret of his ambitions to play at the Theatre of Dreams and he fuelled speculation of a possible switch during a Q&A session with his Instagram followers on Wednesday night.
Maddison named United duo Rashford and Maguire as two of the best players he’s played with across his career. The Leicester No.10 shares a dressing room with both players at international level with England and was also team-mates with Maguire during the defender’s spell at the King Power Stadium.
Fellow United target Sancho also made the cut, along with Leicester hero Jamie Vardy and Norwich legend Wes Hoolahan.
Later on in the Q&A, Maddison revealed that his favourite shirt-swaps to date have been Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, saying they were the ‘two best players I’ve played against by a mile’.
During his own Instagram Q&A last week, Rio Ferdinand heaped praise on United targets Maddison and Grealish but claimed the Aston Villa captain has ‘one thing’ over all other English players in that position: his ability and willingness to take on opposition defenders.
‘Grealish or Maddison? That’s a good question,’ Ferdinand responded.
‘They’re both flying, both done unbelievably well over the last year. They’re very different players.
‘Maddison is someone who can get the ball, he can pop it about. He gets goals, gets assists, sets up chances, he’s sharp, he gets in good positions to create things. Very good footballer. I like him.
‘Grealish does all of that but he has one thing over all these players we talk about in this position for England like Dele Alli, Maddison, Mason Mount in that position, that attacking… that can play off the striker, that can play as an attacking midfielder.
‘Grealish can take people on. Grealish gets the ball, he can manipulate the ball, draw players to him… draw one/two players to him leaving space for someone else. That’s what I like about Grealish.
‘He’s got that bit of arrogance as well. Knows he’s a good player that’s producing.
‘He just edges it for me.’
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