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Foxes Play Hardball Over Midfield Maestro

The Maddison Saga: Leicester’s Midfield Maestro Sparks Tug-of-War

Maddison’s Golden Ticket

Leicester City’s James Maddison is sparking an audacious tug-of-war as Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur engage in a relentless battle to sign this midfield sensation. The Foxes, undeterred by relegation, firmly hold onto their crown jewel, demanding a fee north of £50m.

Let’s unravel this buzzing transfer scene, which has both Newcastle and Spurs determined to land the signature of the man who is arguably one of the Premier League’s finest attacking midfielders.

Maddison: A Diamond in the Rough

Relegation might have soured the season for Leicester, but Maddison’s reputation remains untarnished. The midfield maestro has been the Foxes’ standout performer, flaunting an enviable tally of 10 goals and 9 assists in the Premier League alone during a tumultuous season.

Sky Sports‘ Nick Wright underscores Maddison’s brilliance, stating: “Since his arrival at Leicester from Norwich in 2018, only two players – Kevin De Bruyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold – have created more chances in the Premier League, while only three – Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son – have had more shots on goal. Maddison also ranks in the top eight for assists and big chances created. With 43 goals in that period, only 18 players have scored more.”

The Bidders: Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle: The Champions League Lure

Newcastle, who had their eyes set on Maddison since the January transfer window, possess a tempting card – Champions League football. A player of Maddison’s stature would undoubtedly be swayed by the prospect of rubbing shoulders with Europe’s elite.

Tottenham: The Postecoglou Project

On the other side of the battlefield, Tottenham Hotspur aims to lure Maddison to London with a central role in Ange Postecoglou’s project. Maddison, represented by CAA Base – the same agency as the former Celtic boss – is speculated to find the appeal of being integral to Postecoglou’s plans enticing.

The London club did make initial contact with Leicester more than a week ago, but nothing formal was established.

Leicester’s Stance

Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett remarks: “There will be a big clear-out at Leicester. It is as simple as that. However, they will not sell any players on the cheap.” Leicester’s ambition to regain Premier League status next season fuels this steadfast stance. The Foxes are not only standing firm on Maddison but also regarding their pacey winger, Harvey Barnes.

Harvey Barnes: The Coveted Winger

It’s not just Maddison who is in the spotlight. Harvey Barnes is yet another Foxes’ star with a long queue of admirers. Dorsett explains: “Harvey Barnes has more suitors than Maddison. He’s a pacey winger, very direct and scores goals. A lot of clubs would like that, and even the elite clubs in the Premier League could see him as a squad player who could come off the bench and make a difference. He appeals to a lot of clubs and four Premier League sides are interested. Those are likely to be Arsenal, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham.”

Leicester reportedly believes Barnes is worth over £40m.

Parting Thoughts

James Maddison’s transfer saga reflects the unyielding battle for a gem that has shone through adversity. Leicester City’s resolve is tested as clubs clamour for their prized assets. Maddison, along with Barnes, could be set for a new chapter. But with the Foxes unwilling to budge easily.

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