Leicester City’s relegation from the Premier League means that the future of James Maddison is under the spotlight. It’s highly improbable that the midfielder will remain with the Foxes, with the 26-year-old likely to stay in the top flight and sign for one of the leading clubs in order to make sure he keeps his England spot.
Last summer, Newcastle United were unsuccessful in their pursuit of the England international, who went to Qatar as part of Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad but failed to get any minutes. The latest odds with football betting sites suggest that the Magpies could end up capturing Maddison this summer.
Having qualified for the Champions League, Newcastle are a very attractive proposition for any player. However, the Tyneside outfit are likely to be one of several clubs interested in capturing a player who has been with Leicester since 2018. It could be that Tottenham Hotspur go in hot pursuit of the playmaker as they attempt to rebuild their squad, while it’s not out of the question that Liverpool and Manchester United could also express their interest.
Newcastle United had a number of unsuccessful bids for James Maddison last summer, but could they get their man this time around? While Brendan Rodgers was fierce in his determination to retain the midfielder’s services 12 months ago, Leicester are in a position where they can no longer keep a player who will hope to represent England at Euro 2024.
There have been several reports indicating that Maddison is keen on a switch to St. James’ Park, and it’s easy to see him slotting into the current Newcastle team. Having scored 43 times in 162 appearances for Leicester, he will bring goals to any side and would have the quality to compete in the Champions League for Eddie Howe's side.
It's been reported that Newcastle will lodge an early bid in order to kickstart their summer spending, and Maddison would undoubtedly become a popular player among the supporters due to his technical ability, which could see him link up with the likes of Bruno Guimares and Joelinton. A move to Newcastle is top of many markets on several betting apps.
Although Tottenham Hotspur cannot offer James Maddison the chance to play Champions League football next season, Spurs may be willing to put a lucrative deal on the table. The London club have had a disappointing season, and the incoming manager will likely be given plenty of money to rebuild the squad in the summer and aim to make some astute signings.
Maddison is tried and tested in the Premier League, having shone for Leicester since arriving from Norwich City. If Harry Kane were to leave Spurs this summer, it would certainly free up the sort of funds to sign a big-money player who might not have hit the peak of his career yet.
Perhaps living in the capital would appeal to Maddison at this stage of his career, and Tottenham remain a big club despite their relatively lowly finish this season. New betting sites can see Spurs being an interested party as Leicester look to make as much money as possible from any potential deal.
Manchester United are close to being in the hands of new owners who will perhaps look to make James Maddison one of their marquee signings this summer. The Red Devils have also been strongly linked to Harry Kane and a double swoop for these England players could be on the cards, with funds certainly available. It also appears that Mason Mount is heading to the north-west giants.
Erik ten Hag has done a fantastic job during his first season in charge at Old Trafford and will now hope to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2023/24 campaign. He will want United to not only challenge for the Premier League title, but also go deep in the Champions League, should they get the point needed for qualification in their last two games. Maddison is one of the players who can help United reach new levels.
There has been a shortage of goals with United this season, scoring just 58 goals in 38 league games last season. There has been an over-reliance on Marcus Rashford to score, while Christian Eriksen has missed some of the campaign through injury. Bringing in the Leicester midfielder would add a new dimension to the team’s attack, and it’s not a move we can easily rule out.
James Maddison could have the choice of several different Premier League clubs this summer including Liverpool. The Merseyside outfit will be playing Europa League football next term, which is still a highly attractive proposition for any incoming player. The 26-year-old might feel as though the next chapter of his career lies at Anfield with this historic club.
Maddison’s excellent technical ability means that he could slot into Liverpool's style of play and be a chance-creator for the likes of Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo. Jurgen Klopp is most likely to be interested in a player who can operate in a number of different roles.
However, there’s a feeling Liverpool might want to promote Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott more in those positions, while defensive midfield is possibly where reinforcements could be required, especially with James Milner leaving the club in the summer.