Manchester United had the chance to sign James Maddison for £5million four years ago, according to transfer insider Ian McGarry.
Leicester City midfielder Maddison has been heavily linked with a huge move to United with the Foxes reportedly looking for a fee around £70million.
However, McGarry – who was speaking to Reach Plc’s Transfer Window podcast – has said that United could have signed Maddison four years ago from Coventry City for a fraction of the price.
McGarry said: “For two minutes I’m going to go all Arsene Wenger here because when Maddison was in the process of leaving Coventry City because the club’s financial crisis meant they had to sell their best players and Maddison even then was considered one of the best players.
“I contacted someone I knew at Manchester United in their recruitment department and said look you’re going to get a bargain here, this guy’s going to be a huge player in the future and he’s available for around £5m and he’s also a Manchester United fan.
“They didn’t take any notice. Manchester United could have had Maddison four years ago. In saying that there’s no guarantee he would have developed the way he did at Norwich and then Leicester.”
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