It seems Manchester United have suffered a huge blow in their ambitions for the summer transfer window and might now have to look elsewhere.
Time in football is relative. Whilst the January transfer window has just ended, clubs across the world will already be preparing their moves for the summer transfer window which is set to start in about four months time. Manchester United despite making some nifty moves in January will no doubt be the same.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set out a clear vision for the Red Devils. The Norwegian manager’s ambition is to take the club back to where it rightfully belongs; competing at the top against their arch rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
Of course the Red Devils are a long way away from fulfilling that ambition. The United squad still needs to have all its deadwood snipped away and some strong reinforcements to add to the team.
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Especially with the club’s current star man Paul Pogba reportedly set on leaving the club. The summer transfer window will be a crucial period for the Red Devils and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself.
They will need to reinforce the squad and to sell the players they no longer deem good enough and of course replace Pogba if he does indeed leave.
The perfect replacement for Paul Pogba would have been the Leicester City midfielder James Maddison who is thought to be a boyhood Manchester United fan and the Red Devils are reported to have shown interest.
Maddison is one of the best creative midfielders in the Premier League at the moment and he is expected to play a big role in England’s European Championship campaign this summer.
However it seems that United may have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of the Leicester star.
According to the Telegraph James Maddison is ‘in advanced talks’ with Leicester City over signing a new contract with the club.
That would surely put any prospective United move on hold as it seems to suggest James Maddison is content at Leicester.
A new contract may also increase his already hefty £80m price tag which could also deter the Red Devils from making a move.
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