Later News Aug 02

Newcastle look to pounce on Maddison as Leicester’s slumber in transfer market continues

Leicester City’s steadfast resolve to completely disassociate themselves from the fun of the summer transfer market looks to be under serious threat, with Newca$tle United set to lodge a big-money bid for James Maddison.


The Foxes are the only team in the top European leagues this summer to have not had a single senior player either join or leave the club.


But with Newcastle having reportedly set their sights on Leicester midfielder Maddison, it looks like it will only be a matter of time before the King Power Stadium outfit has to wake their accountant up to manage some incoming funds.


It is understood the Magpies have offered £50m (S$84m) for the 25-year-old, after having had an initial £40m bid rejected by Leicester, who are hoping to milk as much money from the oil rig of Newcastle’s Saudi owners.


And Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Maddison – who scored 18 goals and registered 12 assists in all competitions for Leicester last season – costs way more than Newcastle’s modest valuation of the player. 


In fact, Rodgers claims that £40m can only buy “three-quarters of his (Maddison’s) left leg”. It remains to be seen whether Newcastle will bite the bait and try to flex their financial might in response to Rodgers’ taunt.


WATCH: Throwback to Maddison's stunning free-kick against Rangers


Nonetheless, Rodgers insists Leicester will not be bullied in the transfer market, as he said: “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.


“You don't want to lose your best players and then not be able to bring any in. That doesn't stack up. With James, he is looking the best he has in my time here. He is a joy to work with. I love him as a young guy, seeing him grow from when I first came in to a 25-year-old father.


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


Rodgers also ruled out the sale of defender Wesley Fofana, who is reportedly a transfer target for Chelsea – and by extension, Barcelona.


WATCH: Throwback to Fofana's first goal for Saint-Etienne


Rodgers declared: “No, he's (Fofana) not for sale. When we looked at him he had made 17 league starts. Everyone had a look at him back then but he's come here, really flourished and developed, not just as a player but as a young man.


“He really respects the club, I've got no doubt that in the future he'll be on that (highest) stage but he's very comfortable, he feels good here. He has a great relationship with his team-mates which is important and there's no doubt he will grace that stage. But for now he's here, he's developing and like I said he's not for sale.


“He's maybe got an opportunity to get himself in the France squad for the World Cup and for that it's about playing, so I'm pretty calm on it. I've had long chats 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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