Leicester losing James Maddison fight as Arsenal chances are rated and source names likely next club

James Maddison celebrating his side's Community Shield victory over Man City 2021

James Maddison looks increasingly likely to leave Leicester this summer with TEAMtalk able to reveal the player is refusing to sign a new deal and naming the club most likely to seal his signature.

The 26-year-old has established himself as one of the country’s elite attacking midfielders in recent years. And having nine goals and five assists to his name this season, Maddison has been a key figure in the Foxes’ battle to avoid the drop.

However, his deal at the King Power Stadium is due to expire in summer 2024. And while Leicester are desperate to tie Maddison down to a new deal, he has so far spurned their approaches.

As a result, a number of sides are reportedly keeping tabs on his situation. He was strongly linked with a move to Newcastle last summer, with Eddie Howe’s side seeing two bids – the second worth around £50m – rejected by Leicester.

But they are far from the only side in the mix for his signature. Tottenham also have a long-standing interest in Maddison, while this week, Arsenal were mentioned as potential suitors.

The decision to keep him – for this season at least – has certainly paid off for the Foxes. And without him, it is likely that Leicester’s plight would surely be far worse than what it currently is.

However, a move away now appears certain this summer. The Foxes also expect to lose Youri Tielemans on a free transfer. And while also losing Maddison at the same time will prove tough, Leicester cannot afford a repeat scenario with Maddison.

Newcastle favourites to sign James Maddison

Revealing the latest, TEAMtalk’s Graeme Bailey has revealed that Maddison will move on this summer. And the transfer journalist also reckons a move to Newcastle United appears the most likely outcome – particularly if the Magpies secure a top-four finish.

“Leicester City are fighting for James Maddison but the truth is the club realise they are fighting a losing battle,” Bailey said.

“Maddison has refused to sign a new contract at Leicester which also establishing himself as one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League.

“Injury stopped him from having an impact at the World Cup, but the interest remains as high as ever in the player.

“Leicester are giving it one last chance on the contract. But there is a belief that a decision has already been made by him and his camp, and that is pointing towards leaving.

Leicester could keep him until 2024 when his contract runs out. But with Youri Tielemans already leaving on a Bosman free this summer, the chances of them allowing two players of that calibre and value to leave for nothing in the space of 12 months, it is highly unlikely – and that is the message coming from Leicester.”

Assessing where Maddison could end up next, Bailey continued: “Newcastle are very much the ones to watch. They really like him – they did last summer too. Eddie Howe’s backroom staff, including the transfer team, have done their checks on and they badly want him.

“Manchester City and Tottenham are hovering. But if Newcastle can finish top four, they are the firm favourites to land him.”

Arsenal ruled out of Maddison running by Fabrizio Romano

Earlier this week, it was reported that Arsenal had asked to be ‘kept informed’ of the Maddison situation by his agents.

The Gunners are currently pushing for the title. And there is no doubt a player of Maddison’s qualities could boost their squad next season.

However, Arsenal are well blessed for creative midfielders with Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe in their ranks.

And despite reports linking them with Maddison, trusted reporter Fabrizio Romano insists the Gunners are not in the running.

Speaking to Caught Offside, he also backs up Bailey’s claim about Newcastle too.

“Despite reports, Arsenal are currently not in talks to sign James Maddison at this stage. Newcastle have had Maddison on their list since last summer.

“Nothing will be decided on Maddison’s future before May/June.”

Maddison cost Leicester £20m when they prised him from Norwich in summer 2018. The playmaker has 54 goals and 32 assists from 189 appearances for the Foxes. That’s a goal contribution every 2.2 appearances; little wonder he’s a man in such high demand.

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