Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to add to his midfield options this summer and the Red Devils have been linked with Leicester City star James Maddison. However, United now face an uncertain wait as the Foxes are preparing to revive contract talks with the England international, according to reports.
Maddison has emerged as a key player for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers this season, as he as helped them reach third place in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old has scored nine goals and provided three assists in 35 appearances in all competitions.
Maddison’s current contract expires in 2023 and Leicester had been in talks about a new deal, but this was halted when Premier League football was suspended in March.
However, according to the Daily Mail, Leicester are now set to revive contract talks with Maddison.
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The report claims the Foxes are expected to offer the central-midfielder a deal worth around £100,000-a-week, which is double his current salary.
If Maddison signs it could all but end United’s interest in the player, but at the same time he could also send a message to the Red Devils if he chooses against signing an extension.
Maddison isn’t the only midfielder United have been linked too, with Solskjaer also keen on Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Birmingham City youngster Jude Bellingham.
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As for Leicester, Rodgers is hopeful Maddison and other key players will commit their long-term futures to the club.
The Foxes are also set to offer centre-back Caglar Soyuncu a significant rise to his current wage.
The 24-year-old has also established himself as a key player after having filled the void left by Harry Maguire’s move to Old Trafford last summer.
Soyuncu sealed a move to the King Power Stadium from German side Freiburg in August 2018 for £19million but only featured in eight games in his debut season.
The Turkey international has been an important player for Rodgers this campaign, having made 35 appearances in all competitions and has helped the Foxes have the third-best defensive record in the league.
However, his performances for the Foxes has seen him linked with Liverpool, Manchester City and Barcelona.
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Speaking about the club’s plans to sign stars to long-term deals Rodgers insisted they are set to resume at some point.
“That’s obviously been put on hold,” he said. “And later down the line those discussions will resume and take place.”
As for the upcoming transfer window, Rodgers thinks this it might not just be this summer that will see a change in how clubs manoeuvre the market as a result of the Covid-19 virus.
“‘The market will be really difficult this summer and maybe for a bit,” he added.
“You might see more loans in this market as opposed to buys. There’s no doubt it will change.
“Clubs have been hit financially, it’s been very difficult for many clubs, so that will have an impact on transfers I’m sure. What that will be, we’ll have to wait and see.”
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