Newcastle United are going to try to sign James Maddison for the third transfer window in a row, and now know how much Leicester City want for the midfield star.
Maddison has been a target for Newcastle since last summer, but he has so far proven to be unattainable.
Dan Ashworth made two bids for the 26-year-old at the start of the season, but they were both rejected by Leicester. Then a move in January failed to materialise.
The Magpies now hope it will be third time lucky, with Maddison yet again on Newcastle’s radar. He has been described as the club’s top target, although there are concerns that his wage demands might be too high.
That remains to be seen, but we now know how much Leicester will sell him for when the transfer window opens.
How much money Leicester City want for James Maddison
According to the Telegraph, Leicester want around £50million to sell Maddison this summer.
That is a huge amount of money, but less than his valuation last year. The Foxes wanted £60million during the summer of 2022.
He will be going into the final year of his contract, and £50million is probably the maximum amount they can expect to get for him.
If Newcastle do decide to pay that figure, it would make Maddison Newcastle’s second most expensive player ever behind Alexander Isak.
It would represent another significant outlay by the Toon owners, who have not been scared to splash the cash on the right player.
There is a clear belief that Maddison is indeed the right player, which is why the Magpies have continued to track him after falling short last summer.
But while he was too expensive in 2022, there could be a different problem in 2023. The Telegraph add that Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to sign him, as they prepare for a summer revamp.
A transfer to Spurs will no doubt be appealing for Maddison, but surely Newcastle will be a better move for the England international – especially if we qualify for the Champions League ahead of them.