James Maddison: Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers accepts move to Manchester United could be ‘too hard to turn down’

19 Sep

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has accepted that a potential move to Manchester United could be ‘too hard to turn down’ for James Maddison.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly has his eye set on a 2020 swoop for the England playmaker, who has two assists to his name already in the Premier League this season.

James Maddison has caught the attention of big clubs already this season
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The Red Devils boss is eager to land the brightest British talents in the game, having already acquired Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Maddison’s former team-mate Harry Maguire over the summer.

And now Maddison, believed to be valued at around the £70m mark, is the Norwegian’s next target in sight.

The Foxes will be reluctant to lose Maddison anytime soon though, having only signed him in a £24million move from Norwich last summer.

However, Rodgers understands that the 22-year-old will have a dilemma on his hands should a club of United or Liverpool’s stature come calling for his services when the transfer window reopens in the new year.

Brendan Rodgers accepts it would be difficult for Maddison to turn down a potential move to Manchester United
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“I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club,” he explained.

“Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far.

“There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs.

“There are other great clubs that are trying to catch them up but those two, in my experience, are a level above.”

 

He added: “Whenever a player gets an opportunity to go to a club like that, to experience that type of pressure, that expectation – and of course there’ll be a financial side to it as well, let’s be real – that as a package in a short career is maybe something that is too hard to turn down.

“I understand it, I get it.”

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James Maddison urged to make Manchester United transfer by fans impressed with his display for Leicester

17 Sep

Manchester United fans have pleaded with James Maddison to ‘come to United’ following his impressive performance at the weekend.

Despite Leicester losing 1-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday, Maddison starred in midfield and was the best player on the pitch for much of the match.

Maddison is enjoying a fine season with Leicester
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Following the game, the 22-year-old posted a picture of himself in action on Instagram and was inundated with a series of messages from Red Devil supporters urging him to make the switch.

One read: ‘Pack your bags mate. You’re welcome to play here all year!’ while another said: ‘Hope you can play more at old Trafford next season.’

‘Soon land at OT,’ read one, with one fan very optimistic Maddison will be at United long before next summer.

‘See you there in Jan,’ it said.

United are keeping tabs on Maddison as they consider a summer move for him, having failed to land him in the most recent transfer window.

However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to bring an attacking midfielder to the club and Maddison is believed to be one of his key targets, the Manchester Evening News report.

He has recorded two assists so far this season and earned a call-up to the England squad for the recent Euro 2020 qualifying matches, but did not appear against either Bulgaria or Kosovo.

Maddison has often been singled out for praise by Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers who likened him to former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

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How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side could look with transfer targets Callum Wilson, Jadon Sancho and James Maddison

17 Sep

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revolution at Old Trafford is set to go up a notch next summer, as the Manchester United boss plots another raid on English talent.

Following the arrivals of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka during the most recent transfer window, the Red Devils are reportedly interested in signing Callum Wilson, Jadon Sancho, and James Maddison ahead of next season.

Sancho has emerged as one of England’s brightest stars
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Man United did not replace Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez, who both joined Inter Milan, and Solskjaer desperately requires more fire power in attack.

There are currently just two senior strikers at Old Trafford, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, and the latter has missed the last two games with a knock.

With Solskjaer just one injury away from a crisis up front, reports claim his attentions have already turned to Bournemouth’s Wilson.

The 27-year-old England international already has three goals this season and his stock continues to rise.

Wilson scored a brace against Everton on the weekend
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Meanwhile, ESPN also reports that Man United will step up their bid to sign long-term target Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, despite the 19-year-old recently signing a new contract.

And it is understood the Red Devils will be knocking on Leicester’s door again next summer, this time for star attacking midfielder Maddison.

Should they be successful in their pursuit of the English trio, we’ve taken a look at several ways Man United could line-up next season.


While Sancho and Maddison would walk into the side, it’s difficult to justify a place for Wilson in Manchester United’s strongest starting XI.

The Bournemouth man will be 28 next summer, six years older than Rashford and four years older than Martial.

With Solskjaer’s dedication and commitment to youth, it’s hard to see Wilson being anything but third-choice up front.

Also, age aside, it’s highly debatable whether Wilson is a better-quality striker than Rashford or Martial.


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Sancho’s potential arrival would likely come at the expense of Martial or Dan James, with Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata at risk of dropping out of the fold entirely.

Solskjaer likes to rotate between a 4-3-3 formation and a 4-2-3-1 shape, and the latter could see Maddison pushed into a more advanced No. 10 role, with Rashford utilised on the wing to accommodate Martial.

Still, though, no room for Wilson.


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Bournemouth are one of the few teams who still operate with a traditional 4-4-2 formation – and it helps Wilson thrive.

The leg-work of Josh King allows for Wilson to focus all his energy on getting into goalscoring areas, hence why he is so prolific for the Cherries.

Perhaps Solskjaer is plotting a dramatic change in formation?

Also, with continued speculation around the future of Paul Pogba, Maddison could represent a direct replacement for the Frenchman as a box-to-box midfielder, rather than a No. 10.


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Transfer news and football gossip: Arsenal’s defense set for boost, Manchester United’s big summer plans to sign English trio, Liverpool’s Van Dijk alternative revealed

17 Sep

talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Tuesday’s papers and online…

Manchester United have made Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho and Leicester City midfielder James Maddison priority signings in the next summer transfer window, with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson also a target – FULL STORY

AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are all interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Calcio Mercato)

Liverpool would have signed Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly if they had failed to buy Virgil van Dijk in January 2018. (Goal)

Rob Holding is ready to give Arsenal a boost by declaring himself fully fit following his 10-month injury hell. (Daily Mail)

Bournemouth are prepared to give Ryan Fraser a new contract worth £100,000 a week, with Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea and Wolves all interested in the 25-year-old Scotland winger. (90min.com)

Celtic could make a move for out of favour Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama in January, says Bhoys boss Neil Lennon. (Team Talk)

Chelsea’s Brazilian winger Willian wants to stay at Stamford Bridge, but the club is yet to offer the 31-year-old a new deal. (Daily Express)

Gareth Southgate’s England assistant Steve Holland will be in the Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night to take a closer look at Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. (Daily Telegraph)

Ajax and Netherlands defender Joel Veltman says he wanted to sign for West Ham Unitedthis summer, but the Dutch champions would not let him leave. (NOS)

Bayern Munich will renew their interest in RB Leipzig striker and Liverpool target Timo Werner next summer, believes Michael Ballack. Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are also keen on the 23-year-old. (Goal)

Wolves may bring more Portuguese stars to the club, having sent scouts to watch Porto’s 3-2 win over Portimonense on Sunday. (Sport Witness)

The world’s second-richest man Bernard Arnault is preparing an £890m takeover bid for Serie A side AC Milan. (Daily Mail)

 

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer hoping to sign Callum Wilson, Jadon Sancho AND James Maddison next summer – reports

16 Sep

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly aiming to sign Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson next summer.

The Norwegian boss spent nearly £150million to bring Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James in the summer and he is hoping to sign more domestic talent at the end of the season.

Wilson scored a brace against Everton on the weekend
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According to ESPN, Cherries forward Wilson, as well as Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho and Leicester playmaker Maddison, top Solskjaer’s list of targets.

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6-year-old wants to get more goalscorers in the squad after allowing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to join Inter Milan.

And other British names on Solskjaer’s hit list include Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff and Stoke defender Nathan Collins.

The Red Devils have not been put off pursuing Sancho despite the 19-year-old agreeing a new long-term contract at Dortmund in August – and it believed the German club value the youngster at around £100m.

Moreover, Old Trafford deal-makers expect Leicester to value Maddison at between £70m and £80m.

 

Meanwhile, earlier on Monday, United announced goalkeeper David De Gea has signed a new contract with the club.

De Gea, the Spain international, put pen to paper on fresh terms which keep him at Old Trafford until at least June 2023, though there is the option to extend for a further year.

The 28-year-old has already made 367 appearances for United, and hopes to keep winning trophies now his future has been committed to the Red Devils.

He told manutd.com: “It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour.

“Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.”


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James Maddison compared to Phillippe Coutinho by Brendan Rodgers as fine Leicester form continues

16 Sep

Brendan Rodgers has likened James Maddison to former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Despite Leicester losing 1-0 to Manchester United on Saturday, Maddison was once again impressive and showed why a number of clubs are keen to sign him.

James Maddison has been in fine form for Leicester this season
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United are keeping tabs on him as they consider a summer move for the Leicester midfielder – though they’ll face competition from Liverpool and Manchester City for his signature.

After witnessing another strong display from the 22-year-old, Rodgers said there were similarities to Bayern Munich player Coutinho, who he managed for three seasons when in charge of Liverpool.

[Maddison] is the type of player who will drift from position to position, I remember working with Coutinho at Liverpool, sometimes he’d play inside, sometimes he’d drift off the side. James is a little bit like that in terms of positioning,” Rodgers said after the match.

“He will continue to work. His job was to create and score goals, he’ll keep working on that. He was unlucky on the free kick.

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“He has a threat to get in behind, he was unlucky when the keeper makes a save with his ankle, I think it was. He was unfortunate there. That’s what it’s about for him: numbers, creating goals, scoring goals. It’s only his second season at this level and he’s already showing great talent.”

The ex-Norwich midfielder has already recorded two assists in the league this term and the playmaker’s form has seen also him called up to the England squad, though he failed to make his Three Lions debut during the recent international break.

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Manchester United eyeing James Maddison transfer with Leicester midfielder target for next summer

13 Sep

Manchester United are keeping tabs on James Maddison as they consider a summer move for the Leicester midfielder – though they’ll face competition from Liverpool and Man City for his signature.

United were keen on Maddison, 22, earlier this year but failed to complete his signing, with the former Coventry and Norwich man understood to be happy at the King Power Stadium.

Maddison is widely regarded as one of the most promising players in the Premier League
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However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to bring an attacking midfielder to Old Trafford and Maddison is believed to be one of his key targets, the Manchester Evening News report.

Maddison has starred since making the step up to Premier League football, scoring seven goals last season and also creating a further seven. He has already recorded two assists in the league this term as Leicester have begun the season undefeated.

The playmaker’s form has seen him called up to the England squad as well, though he failed to make his Three Lions debut during the recent international break.

According to the MEN, Manchester City and Liverpool are also keen on Maddison, and could rival United for his signature if the Red Devils formalise their interest next summer.

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Maddison is in line to make his fifth consecutive league start of the season for Leicester on Saturday as the Foxes visit Old Trafford to take on Man United.

A third win of the season for Brendan Rodgers’ side could move them level with Liverpool atop the Premier League table to further prove their credentials as potential top six finishers.

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England boss Gareth Southgate explains why Tottenham and Leicester stars Harry Winks and James Maddison were left out of Bulgaria and Kosovo games

11 Sep

Gareth Southgate has told talkSPORT the carnage of England’s 5-3 victory over Kosovo meant a number of his young players were left wanting at the end of this international break.

The likes of Tottenham and Leicester City midfielders Harry Winks and James Maddison were expected to get game time at St Mary’s on Tuesday after missing out on Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Bulgaria.

James Maddison was unused during this international break by England boss Gareth Southgate
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But they, along with a number of other inexperienced stars hoping for a game, were left on the bench as the Three Lions’ midfield and defence crumbled against the plucky minnows.

Fans were left particularly disappointed by Maddison’s no-show, especially given his brilliant form in a Leicester shirt so far this season and the clamour for his call-up before the squad was announced.

Harry Winks earned a recall to the England side for his solid performances for Spurs, but also didn’t get a game against Bulgaria or Kosovo
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But Southgate explained securing the result was his priority over handing out caps, and admitted Winks and Maddison weren’t the only players he had to disappoint.

“We had ambition to get more people into the games,” the Three Lions boss told talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley.

“If you look at young players we’ve played [Declan] Rice, who is still in the very early stages of his international career, and [Jadon] Sancho and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] who only have a handful of caps, and then we got Mason [Mount] onto the pitch twice.

“But when the game goes 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, we can’t just be about giving everybody an opportunity.

Declan Rice has now made five appearances for England, while Mason Mount has graduated from the England Under-21s squad
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“That’s tough on the guys who haven’t got on the pitch, but Tyrone Mings, Joe Gomez and Callum Wilson are all in the same position and our two other goalkeepers who have been brilliant all week are also in the same position.

“It’s a shame for those guys, but they just have to keep playing well for their clubs.”

Carabao Cup round-up: Sunderland stun Premier League club Burnley, Everton survive Lincoln scare

28 Aug

Sunderland stunned Premier League club Burnley by knocking them out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Goals from Will Grigg, Tom Flanagan and George Dobson cancelled out Jay Rodriguez’s opener to send the League One promotion hopefuls into the third round.

Will Grigg scored the first of Sunderland’s three goals against Burnley
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Everton survived a huge scare after late strikes from Alex Iwobi and Richarlison clinched a 4-2 victory over Lincoln.

The Toffees had fallen behind in the first minute, but equalised through a stunning Lucas Digne free-kick.

Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Marco Silva’s side a second-half lead, before they were pegged back by Bruno Andrade’s fierce volley.

But Iwobi, who was making his full Everton debut since joining from Arsenal, and Richarlison proved to be the difference.

Another League One side had a night to remember against higher opposition as Portsmouth won 2-0 at QPR.

For Swansea, there was no shock as they put six goals past Cambridge United.

Take a look at the results in full below…

Burnley 1-3 Sunderland

Lincoln 2-4 Everton

Newcastle 1-1 Leicester – gone to penalties

Rotherham 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday 

Bournemouth 0-0 Forest Green Rovers (Bournemouth win 3-0 on penalties)

QPR 0-1 Portsmouth

Swansea 6-0 Cambridge

No Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, or Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Is this the England squad Gareth Southgate should name to face Bulgaria and Kosovo?

28 Aug

England manager Gareth Southgate will name his squad for the upcoming UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo on Thursday.

Speculation suggests Chelsea starlet Mason Mount could get his first call-up having impressed in his three appearances for the Blues this season.

Mount made it two goals in two games when he scored against Norwich and was later chosen as man of the match by talkSPORT’s Dean Ashton
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The Three Lions currently top their group on goal difference thanks to their thumping 5-0 win against Czech Republic and could fire themselves well clear of their opponents with two victories at the start of September.

Southgate, though, can expect plenty of scrutiny about his squad with huge selection dilemmas throughout the group.

James Maddison’s good form continues despite the England boss’ seeming unwillingness to pick the Leicester ace, while at right Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Kieran Trippier have all started well.

Kieran Trippier appears to have acclimatised to life at Atletico Madrid very quickly
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It promises to be a fascinating squad reveal but how would the 25-man group look if it was picked on statistics from the 2019/20 season?

Here at talkSPORT.com we’ve looked at the best English stars according WhoScored.com and made our selection based on their ratings (out of 10) – and there are some big shocks…

Goalkeepers (3)

Nick Pope (Burnley) – 7.10

Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 6.64

Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth) – 6.55

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Full-backs (4)

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) – 7.29

Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid) – 7.23

Solly March (Brighton) – 7.13

Solly March is starring at left wing-back for Brighton under Graham Potter
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – 6.86

Centre-backs (5)

Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) – 7.42

Harry Maguire (Manchester United) – 7.39

Harry Maguire helped United keep a clean sheet against Chelsea
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Lewis Dunk (Brighton) – 7.32

Ben Mee (Burnley) – 7.31

Jack O’Connell (Sheffield United) – 7.14

Midfielders (7)

Mason Mount (Chelsea) – 7.73

James Maddison (Leicester City) – 7.50

James Maddison has been in fine form for Leicester this season
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Ross Barkley (Chelsea) – 7.12

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – 6.99

John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – 6.89

Lundstram scored the winner for Sheffield United against Crystal Palace
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Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) – 6.95

Forwards (6)

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 8.57

Jadon Sancho enjoyed a breakthrough season at Dortmund in 2018/19
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Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 8.29

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) – 8.12

Ashley Barnes has started the season in rich vein for Burnley
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – 7.23

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – 7.21

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – 6.98

Southampton got off the mark with a win at Brighton – Nathan Redmond scoring in the game
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