Report: Newcastle set to walk away from James Maddison deal as Leicester are demanding too much money
It is no secret at this point that the Magpies are keen to sign the 25-year-old Englishman. Eddie Howe’s side even tabled two bids to try and convince Leicester to part ways with their star man, but their efforts proved unsuccessful.
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Newcastle won’t meet Leicester’s demands for James Maddison
Sky Sports revealed at the start of this month that the Foxes turned down Newcastle’s second offer in the region of £50 million for Maddison, just a few days after rejecting a £40 million bid.
It was claimed then that Leicester are looking for a fee in the region of £60 million. If the new report is to be believed, the Foxes haven’t changed their stance, and Newcastle seem to have made up their mind.
The report claims that the Toon are just not going to pay £60 million for Maddison. There’s no way they’ll go that far, and they’ve decided that if Leicester don’t soften their stance, they’ll walk away from the deal.
It has also been claimed that Newcastle have ‘effectively drawn a line under their interest in Maddison,’ and they are now exploring other targets to bring in before the transfer window shuts.
As things stand, Leicester will likely end up retaining Maddison’s services beyond the end of this window.
Leicester will surely be able to justify why they’ve set such a high asking price for Maddison.
The midfielder is arguably their best player, is English, still only 25, and had a truly phenomenal campaign last season that saw him finish with 18 goals and 12 assists in all competitions.
The Foxes are well within their rights to demand whatever they want for their star man, but Newcastle are arguably correct to walk away. Maddison has already entered the final two years of his contract, and £60 million seems a bit too much for someone who could be available for half of that this time next year.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out, but we have a feeling Maddison will stay at Leicester beyond the end of this window.
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