According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Leicester City are ready to stump up £17 million to buy Norwich’s exciting midfielder James Maddison.
Nixon says in his column for The Sun that the Foxes have been sniffing around for a replacement for the brilliant Riyad Mahrez and have set their sights on Norwich’s Maddison.
He says that Maddison, who has been watched by a number of Premier League sides, “seems sure to leave the Championship club this summer.” It seems that Leicester City is the destination for the 21-year-old, Coventry-born youngster.
Maddison, who started his career at Coventry and has taken in a loan spell at SPL side Aberdeen, is having a stand-out season this campaign. He has featured in 38 of Norwich’s Sky Bet Championship games, scoring 14 goals and providing seven assists.These 14 goals include a hat-trick in a 4-3 loss to Hull City and a goal in yesterday’s win over Aston VIlla.
Nixon says that Maddison’s form, which has also interested the likes of Spurs and Huddersfield in the top-tier, is likely to open up a bidding war. He mentions that whilst Leicester are willing to pay £17 million to secure Maddison’s services, they are prepared to go higher.
Based on a windfall from Mahrez’s expected exit, Nixon says “they may even go higher” as the Foxes look to replace the loss of one of their stand-out players over the past few seasons.
Norwich’s overall form has been seen in fits of despair and moments of brilliance, yet overall their campaign has been somewhat disappointing. It is this disappointment and needed restructuring that will likely force the Canaries’ hand in accepting a mega-money deal for James Maddison, a player who cost them around £2.4 million in 2016.