By | August 2, 2022

James Maddison Newcastle will make a new transfer offer around PS50m to Leicester midfielder

Newcastle have come up with an improved bid that is in the range of PS50m in exchange for Leicester midfielder James Maddison; Magpies had an initial PS40m bid rejected by the 25-year-old midfielder on Saturday; Foxes believe they value the the former Norwich player at around PS60m

Leicester is believed to have valued Maddison whom with the Foxes at PS24m after leaving Norwich in June of 2018 for a sum close to PS60m.

If the offer from Newcastle were not accepted by the club, Maddison would become the club’s record signing , surpassing the price of PS40m the club paid Hoffenheim for Joelinton back in July.

Maddison was a prolific goal scorer and added 12 assists during 53 games in all matches for Leicester this season.

Eddie Howe remains keen to increase his squad’s strength despite a few difficulties during the transfer window this summer. He was turned down by Newcastle in their attempts to take on Everton midfielder Anthony Gordon, while French striker Hugo Ekitike chose for an transfer from Paris Saint-Germain instead of Newcastle.

The club from the north east have completed three summer signings thus to date, with the arrival of Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Lille defender Sven Botman.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers wants to keep Maddison and joked following Sunday’s 1-0 win in a friendly against Sevilla that a PS40m investment would get him “three-quarters of his left leg”.

Leicester is the only top-flight team to not have a new signing this summer, will have to sell in order to get reinforcements in however Rodgers insists that they will not be exploited over Maddison or any other.

“There is obviously, within the club, a financial situation which isn’t ideal in terms of wanting to do business. It doesn’t mean we will be exploited and we don’t want to be losing our best players,” the CEO said.

“You do not want to lose your top players only to not be able to bring them to the table. This doesn’t add up.

“With James, he is looking his best during the time I’ve been here. He’s a delight working with. I am awestruck by him when he was a kid as I watch him grow from the moment I first met him to becoming a father of 25 years.

“He is really pivotal to us. There is no way I would want to sell him.”

Leicester sitting still is an ominous signal?

Sky Sports News’ senior reporter Melissa Reddy speaking on The Transfer Show:

“The problem that is a problem for Leicester is that they’re just the one Premier League club that hasn’t improved their senior squad thus far. He’s not the only one who is a possibility to be let go.

“When when you think about this team and you consider the injuries it’s suffered You do believe this is a team that needs to be reenergized.

“If it’s likely to happen that there will be a departure of the most important players – Kasper Schmeichel James Maddison, possibly Wesley Fofana – without solidifying the team and approving these departures, I’m slightly worried regarding Brendan Rodgers.

“The expectation for Leicester is that they will be pushing towards and within their Champions League places but they are still afloat which isn’t a great gauge of how they’re expected to fare this season.

“There’s been a lot of talk they need to let players leave first before they can invest, and ultimately they will know their targets. They’re excellent sellers and they’ve recruited well in the past.”

Rodgers has also issued a hand-off warning about Wesley Fofana with Chelsea in talks to buy Fofana. Chelsea are working on negotiating a deal for the French player.

Leicester are reported to be demanding the equivalent of PS85m for Fofana the reason being that he has five years remaining on his contract. Rodgers insists that the 21-year-old will not be leaving the club.

He told me: “No, he’s not to be sold. As we examined him, he played in 17 league games. Everyone looked at him at the time, but he’s now with a lot of growth and development not only as a player, but also as an adult.

“He is very respectful of the club. I’m in absolutely no doubt in the near future He’ll be at the top (highest) level, but the fact is that he’s comfortable and is at ease here.

“He is in a good rapport with his teammates that is vital and it’s not a doubt that it will be a good thing when he gets to that stage. However, for the moment, the moment, he’s here. He’s growing and as I said, that he’s not available for sale.

“He’s possibly got the chance to make it into the France team at this World Cup and for that it’s about playing. I’m quite calm about the matter. I’ve had lengthy conversations with him.

“He can’t stop the speculation but he’s very concentrated on his work here and very focused on his development.”

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