Real Madrid set sights on €80m-rated Premier League star as Manchester United cool transfer pursuit

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Real Madrid are reportedly considering a transfer swoop for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison as a long-term replacement for Luka Modric.

The 23-year-old has been a joy to watch in the Premier League in recent times, establishing himself as one of the finest young creative players in the game.

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This has led to links with a big move, though The Athletic have reported that Manchester United seem to be cooling their interest as they think they have a better chance of signing Aston Villa star Jack Grealish instead.

This could be good news for Real Madrid as Don Balon now state the Spanish giants are eyeing up a potential move for Maddison, who looks ideal to come in as a successor for the ageing Modric in the middle of the park.

The report suggests Los Blancos could get Maddison for around €80million, which perhaps seems on the cheap side for a player of Maddison’s talent.

James Maddison has been linked with Real Madrid as Manchester United reportedly cool their interest

The Athletic’s report, by contrast, suggested United were put off trying to sign the England international as Leicester could demand as much as £100m for him.

Of course, it’s perfectly possible that the Foxes would allow Maddison to leave for less money if he moved abroad rather than to a top four rival.

Many MUFC fans will no doubt be disappointed, however, if they cannot land this exciting talent to their squad, even if Grealish is a similar style of player and perfectly acceptable alternative.

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