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Report: Arsenal and Spurs face renewed battle in hunt for £80m-rated maestro

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Report: Arsenal and Spurs face renewed battle in hunt for £80m-rated maestro

Manchester United have reportedly reignited their interest in a player also being linked with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, according to a report in the Daily Star.

The Red Devils, along with the Gunners and Spurs, are all said to be monitoring Leicester City and England midfielder James Maddison.

The 23-year-old has been a revelation at Leicester this season, with nine goals and three assists from 35 appearances in all competitions, including six goals and three assists from 28 Premier League games (Transfermarkt).

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Maddison joined Leicester in the summer of 2018 from Norwich City for a reported £20million fee (BBC Sport) and has 16 goals and 10 assists from 73 appearances, so it’s little surprise that he has been linked with other clubs.

Arsenal and were previously credited with an interest by The Telegraph, while the Daily Star claimed back in October that the Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham were keen on the England man (5 October 2019, page 51).

Manchester United are believed to be long-time admirers of Maddison but Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was also thought to be on their radar and ahead of the Foxes man on the Red Devils’ wishlist.

However, Grealish has courted controversy over the past few days for going to a friend’s house at the weekend against government advice, and as well as issuing an apology, has been disciplined and fined by his club.

 

In wake of the 24-year-old making headlines for the wrong reasons, United may now shift their focus back on Maddison, the Daily Star has reported.

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Maddison is a player in demand thanks to his exploits for Leicester and England, and would be an asset for any of the Premier League’s top teams.

Believed to be valued at £80million by the Foxes (Daily Star), he wouldn’t come cheap, but aside from the credentials he’s shown so far, there is also plenty of potential which could be tapped into.

However, with Manchester United now seemingly back in the race, Arsenal and Spurs face a further battle if they are to acquire his services.

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