Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with James Maddison.
Tottenham have had a tough time of it this season. Their curious escape from irrelevance under Antonio Conte was confirmed when they were knocked out of all cup competitions. They also failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League (UCL), which was the least they could have hoped for, and were knocked out of European competition by Liverpool, Aston Villa, and Brighton.
The first thing the club did to address the situation was to hire a new coach. After firing Conte in March, the club hired Celtic manager Enze Postecoglou to fill the vacant position, which had been open for over two months.
Postecoglou, who took the reins at Tottenham, went straight to work on recruitment, targeting Leicester City’s Maddison to fill the playmaker void left by Christian Eriksen. According to the Telegraph, “Tottenham will make a bid for Maddison. However, a £50 million ($81.1 million) transfer fee is a stumbling block. He is a top target for manager Enze Postecoglou. Leicester City’s relegation makes it more likely that he will leave, but the price tag is still high due to a number of factors.”
Maddison has long been a part of Leicester’s “core”. From 2018-19 to this season, he’s been a fixture in every season, playing over 30 league games. He was at his best this season, scoring 10 goals and providing nine assists in the league alone, despite the team’s overall struggles.
However, with Leicester’s relegation, a ‘farewell’ was in order. Although he still has a year left on his contract, Maddison is already considering a move away and Leicester are planning to sell him to raise funds. 메이저사이트
Postecoglou is desperate to keep him. “Postecoglou has urged the club to sign him this summer,” according to British outlet Team Talk.
Talks have already begun. “Maddison is a top target for Tottenham,” according to British outlet Talk Sport. They have begun talks with Leicester about signing him.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle United have also begun pursuing the player. The Magpies are looking to bolster their squad as they enter the UEFA Champions League (UCL) next season. “Tottenham and Newcastle are in the race to sign Leicester’s Maddison,” according to the British publication The Guardian.