Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly informed Manchester United he’d prefer a move for James Maddison over Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen.
The 22-year-old star put Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City on red alert after collecting seven goals and seven assists for Leicester City last season in an outstanding debut PL campaign.
His impressive form led to an enquiry from chief Ed Woodward back in June, but the Foxes’ £80million valuation of the young midfielder put United off a potential deal.
Christian was also heavily connected this summer after entering into the final 12 months of his current deal, but Spurs managed to keep hold of the 27-year-old star.
The north London outfit will likely be open to offers for Christian in January or else risk losing the Danish on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.
While both midfielders remain firmly on United’s transfer radar ahead of the January transfer market, Solskjaer has identified James as his priority target.
According to Manchester Evening News, Ole’s drive to increase the proportion of homegrown talent in his roster is the reason for his preference of James.
Young British trio Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James were the only new players through the doors at Manchester United this summer.
The report adds that Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard’s popularity in England’s roster ‘holds sway’ with international team-mates such as James.
Earlier this month, Leicester City man admitted that he has ambitions to play at the ‘highest level’ in the future. ‘I want to play at the highest level my ability will allow me to,’ Maddison told The Daily Mirror.