Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has three reasons for wanting Leicester star James Maddison, according to reports.
The former Norwich City star has flourished at the King Power Stadium over the last 12 months and caught the eye during the Foxes’ defeat to Solskjaer’s side on Saturday.
And The Times claim Solskjaer has three reasons for wanting Manchester United to sign the Leicester star next summer.
The first of those is the fact that, at the age of 23, Maddison is still young.
He has only been at Leicester a year but, inches first campaign at the King Power Stadium, created more chances than any other player in the top flight.
Maddison was on United’s radar during his time at Norwich but, ultimately, Leicester snapped him up in 2018.
At 23, time is on the player’s side and would make him an ideal part of Solskjaer’s rebuilding project.
The United boss has named a team with an average age of 24 so far this season – the lowest in the Premier League.
All three of the club’s summer signings Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are 26 or under.
And Maddison would suit the project.
A second reason United reportedly want the Leicester star because he’s British.
Solskjaer wants his team to have a British core – with James, Maguire and Wan-Bissaka all from the United Kingdom.
And Maddison, being English, would fit the bill.
The third reason for United’s interest is because Solskjaer feels Maddison has the hunger to succeed.
The Red Devils only want players determined to be successful having had their fingers burned in the past.
Solskjaer is also said to admire Maddison’s confidence and creative instincts.
But whether or not United are able to raid Leicester for a second time, after previously landing Maguire, remains to be seen.
Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, believes Maddison has ‘big potential’ that he hopes can be realised at the King Power Stadium.
“He’s got big potential,” said the Leicester manager.
“I think he’s going to improve in his game, the management of his game, but he’s a big talent and we’re just trying to prepare him in order for him to play at the highest level for as long as he can.
“He has to be consistent.
“He’s a really humble boy, a lovely swagger, a lovely arrogance, but he is a good kid who will get better.
“He’s got a really strong belief in his ability, it’s not misplaced, he’s a very good player, fantastic talent, but is constantly working to be better which is what you want.”