Manchester United are stepping up their interest in Leicester midfielder James Maddison as a summer transfer target, according to reports.
The 22-year-old has had an impressive start to the campaign, netting two goals and recording one assist in six matches.
Maddison’s superb displays have inevitably caught the eye of Old Trafford chiefs, who are keen to add more creative players to their midfield.
The Evening Standard report scouts have been told to step up their assessment of Maddison ahead of a summer move, however, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho remains the club’s ‘dream’ signing.
The Red Devils believe Maddison is the man who can partner Paul Pogba in midfield and they are well aware of his talent, having signed his ex-teammate Harry Maguire in a world-record £80million transfer for a defender in the summer.
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The playmaker has created more chances (111) than any other Premier League player since the 2018-19 season, with Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser second on the list (99).
Earlier this month, Maddison was called up to the England senior squad for the first time in early September.
This came after he featured in a disappointing summer showing in Under-21 European Championship, where the Young Lions crashed out at the group stage.
Manchester United were held by Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Monday and it was clear they were lacking imagination in midfield.