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Manchester United to offer £40m plus Jesse Lingard for James Maddison

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In order to sign James Maddison, who is their top transfer priority, Manchester United are ready to offer Jesse Lingard to Leicester City in a swap deal.

Leicester City midfielder would reportedly cost Manchester United a whooping £80m, a price that would definitely test the resolves of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward to bring the England international to Old Trafford.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The Sunday Mirror report that Man United might be ready to offer Lingard in a cash-plus-player deal to bring the price down to £40m.

Let’s not forget that Leicester are well-placed to play in the Champions League next season, and that could be enough motivation for Maddison to stay, particularly if Manchester United don’t make it.

United are five points off Chelsea, who sit fourth in the table. If they can’t qualify via their Premier League position, Solskjaer’s team could earn a backdoor entry into Europe’s premier competition by winning the Europa League.

Manchester United had a hard time getting Harry Maguire from the foxes last summer and they can expect a similar strategy from their Premier League rivals for Maddison.

Do you think James Maddison deserves that kind of a price tag and would be able to make an immediate impact on the team’s performance? Let us know by commenting below.

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