Manchester United handed massive blow in their pursuit of Premier League No.10 playmaker

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Manchester United could reportedly receive bad news on the transfer front as touted target James Maddison is being tipped to sign a new contract with Leicester City.

The 23-year-old playmaker has been in fine form so far this campaign as he’s bagged seven goals and three assists in 17 matches for the Foxes.

That, in turn, has been key in moving them up to second position in the Premier League table after 16 matches, as they continue to emerge as Liverpool’s closest rivals in a potential title race.

Further, they remain in contention for the League Cup, and they’re doing so by performing some great football under Brendan Rodgers, who signed a new contract with the club last week to extend his stay to 2025, as per the club’s official site.

Now it looks as though the hierarchy at the King Power Stadium are switching their attention to new deals for key players, and as reported by The Mirror, via The Athletic, that could be a blow for Manchester United as they’ve been paired with interest in James Maddison.

It’s suggested that Leicester City are confident their star man will put pen to paper, and if he does, that will be a massive indication to Man Utd and any other interested clubs that the England international playmaker has no intention of leaving the Foxes any time soon as he intends on being a crucial part of their push to compete in the coming months and years.

James Maddison obviously ticks all the right boxes for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer given the transfer strategy that he adopted this past summer, as he’s a young, talented and homegrown player capable of being a long-term solution at Old Trafford to add real creative quality through the middle.

However, the Red Devils could be left disappointed if James Maddison signs a new contract, as it will only strengthen the ability of their rivals to pip them to a top-four finish this campaign and possibly even compete longer-term too.