Attacking midfielder James Maddison is eyeing up his next club as he is one of several leading Leicester players expected to leave City this summer following the Foxes’ relegation from the Premier League to the Championship. The 26-year-old is almost certain to be a top-tier player again next season.
The creative whizz managed to lodge ten goals and nine assists in 28 Premier League starts in 2022/23, a haul made all the more impressive by Leicester’s dire overall campaign and subsequent drop down the pyramid.
Maddison, who has chipped in with 30 EPL goals in his last three seasons, featured for England in their Euro 2024 qualification triumph over Malta this week and the schemer should prove a valuable acquisition for whoever picks him up before September.
We’ve taken a closer look at some of Maddison’s options this summer below alongside his latest transfer odds from the bookies.
James Maddison latest transfer odds
Newcastle – 8/13
Backed by Saudi Arabian cash and boosted by some impending Champions League revenue, Newcastle look ready to throw their weight around in the market this summer and the Magpies are hoping to make James Maddison part of their transfer splurge.
Newcastle are believed to have already put plenty of groundwork into Maddison’s move to the north east and they even tried to sign the midfielder back in January before their attempts to snag him were thwarted by Leicester. Maddison could add defence-splitting skills to a formidable Newcastle midfield which already contains dynamic Brazilian duo, Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton.
Tottenham Hotspur – 7/4
Tottenham Hotspur represent Newcastle’s chief rivals for Maddison’s signature this summer, according to numerous reports, though the London-based club are considered second-favourites by some distance for the time being.
While Tottenham could offer Maddison a prominent role in their team under new manager Ange Postecoglou, Spurs cannot tempt the 26-year-old with the chance of playing in the Champions League – something Newcastle can. However, if Maddison’s transfer to the Magpies somehow falls through, Tottenham will be waiting to pounce.
Arsenal – 12/1
In a compelling recent development, last season’s Premier League runners up Arsenal have been linked with a surprise move for Maddison, though a leap for the Leicester star isn’t believed to be near the top of their current list of priorities.
The Gunners are keen to tie up deals for West Ham’s Declan Rice and Chelsea’s Kai Havertz first, and should they snatch the latter, then that would almost certainly rule out any action on Maddison. Havertz could cost twice as much as the Leicester man however, which could complicate the issue and open the door for a rethink.
Chelsea – 20/1
Chelsea have also been named in several reports as a possible new employer for James Maddison, though the Blues seem to be monitoring developments from a distance at present. The Blues have been busy getting deadwood off their books in the early parts of the summer, though they should start to make their move on targets of their own soon.
With Christopher Nkunku set to join Chelsea from RB Leipzig this summer and a slew of other attacking midfield options already in situ, it’s difficult to see where the Londoners could squeeze Maddison into their current roster, however.