Manchester United will reportedly be rivalled by Manchester City as they look to land Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu for £43 million in January.
Turkey international has been one of the Foxes’ most exciting performers this season, with Brendan Rodgers’ team only conceding eight goals in 12 PL games so far.
His rise comes after he was asked to step in in the absence of England international Harry Maguire, who left the King Power Stadium for Manchester United in the summer and according to Turkish outlet Fanatik, the Red Devils want history to repeat itself as the club target a move for the talent.
The source says that Red Devils have been impressed by the centre-back thus far this term and believe that £43 million will be enough to prise him away from the East Midlands in the winter.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side aren’t alone in registering interest in Caglar, with the report adding that Citizens are keen on the 23-year-old.
The club’s defence has struggled this term with Fernandinho having to step in following France international Aymeric Laporte’s injury, which will rule him out until early 2020.
Meantime, England star James Maddison could reportedly reject a move to Manchester United in order to pen a new contract with Leicester City.
The 22-year-old star, who has scored six times in 13 matches for the Foxes this season, is believed to a leading transfer target for the Red Devils.
Manchester United are considering a January swoop for Edin Dzeko amid concerns over Croatia international Mario Mandzukic’s inactivity.
Metro.co.uk revealed earlier this month that Red Devils had already agreed to terms with an unnamed target and were optimistic of making at least one signing during the January transfer market.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been delighted with the progress of young attackers Daniel James and Mason Greenwood, as well as the contributions made by Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, both of whom have returned to form and fitness in the latest weeks.
The Norwegian, however, remains interested in adding experience to his forward line when the transfer market reopens and ESPN claims former Manchester City striker Edin is now the club’s preferred option.
Ole convinced Ed Woodward of the need to err from the board’s strategy of focusing on young up and coming talent and the Red Devils were close to signing Mandzukic in the summer before the deal collapsed.
United have maintained an interest in the Croatian star. He is said to have halved his salary demands.
But considering he is yet to make a single appearance for the Old lady this season under Maurizio Sarri, Ole is considering alternative options.
The 33-year-old who won two Premier League titles during his time with City and netted 50 goals, is viewed, according to ESPN, as an ideal option given Edin’s track record and experience in England.
The Bosnia international has scored six goals in 15 matches for Roma this season and has started the club’s last six games in all competitions.
England international James Maddison is considering a fresh contract at Leicester City, which would throw a spanner in the works of Manchester United’s pursuit of the playmaker.
The midfielder is one of United’s top transfer targets with the Old Trafford outfit preparing to test the Foxes’ resolve in January or next summer.
The Foxes don’t want to let one of their star players depart and are trying to secure him to a deal beyond the end of his current deal, which expires in 2023.
Although his long-term future is far from decided, the MEN claims that Maddison is considering re-signing with Leicester, in spite of the interest from elsewhere.
Whether that means a contract renewal, an improved salary, or most likely both, isn’t known.
Manchester United are reportedly optimistic of getting their man, nonetheless, as James grew up as a fan of the club and is good friends with England international Harry Maguire who made the move from Leicester to Old Trafford over the summer.
With the star’s contract still running for another three-and-a-half-year, and Leicester City not being under any financial need to sell him, he would be extremely expensive.
The Foxes held out for £80 million when they sold Maguire to Manchester United and may well expect a figure in the same region for their latest bright young English talent.
England head coach Gareth Southgate was full of praise for James as he gave him his international debut last week against Montenegro.