Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth has revealed that Leicester City have turned down an offer of £40m from Newcastle United for rumoured Tottenham target James Maddison.
Spurs are thought to be on the lookout for a creative midfielder this summer (The Evening Standard), with Maddison said to be on the names on the North London club’s radar (GiveMeSport).
The 25-year-old, who registered 30 goal contributions across all competitions, has just two years left to run on his contract at the King Power Stadium (Transfermarkt).
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold stated earlier this week that although Spurs have distanced themselves from the speculation linking them with Maddison, he would not rule out a move from the North London club if the midfielder became available.
According to Sheth, it is Newcastle who have made the first move for the Leicester star this summer, with the Magpies alleged to have launched a £40m offer.
The journalist revealed that the Foxes turned down the bid and Eddie Howe’s side are contemplating whether or not to make an improved offer.
Sheth added that Brendan Rodger’s men would want around £60m to let Maddison leave this summer.
Leicester City have rejected a £40m bid from Newcastle United for James Maddison. Newcastle deciding whether to go back in with an improved offer. Leicester valuation thought to be closer to £60m. #Maddison #NUFC #LCFC
— Dharmesh Sheth (@skysports_sheth) July 30, 2022
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Given that the likes of Lucas Paqueta and Nicolo Zaniolo are reportedly thought to be valued at around £45m, £60m for Maddison does not seem like a crazy figure.
Spurs certainly should have money to spend this summer, given that their pursuit of Bastoni fell through. However, as things stand, it appears as if Zaniolo is the player that both Conte and Paratici want.
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