According to the Telegraph’s John Percy, Tottenham is set to make a £40 million bid for James Maddison imminently.
Tottenham’s top brass, including gaffer Ange Postecoglou, are adamant about signing the Foxes’ creative midfielder. However, in order to do so, Spurs must make a substantial bid that aligns closely with Leicester’s asking price.
Leicester wants between £50 and £60 million for Maddison. A bid of £40 million will certainly get Leicester’s attention, but not enough to sell their most prized asset.
Almost invariably, Tottenham’s £40 million bid will be rejected. That will open the door for counter offer, which will put the onus on Tottenham to increase their bid by at least 20 percent.
It’s unlikely Leicester will accept a bid for less than £50 million. But if Spurs are as adamant as reports suggest, it should only be a matter of time before the clubs come to an agreement.
Then again, we’ve been here before, so it’s crucial to stay grounded, as negotiations can be derailed in an instant.
Newcastle’s interest in Maddison cooled after they purchased defensive midfielder Sandro Tonali for €70 million. That news left the door gaping for Spurs to capitalize on.
The recent news is promising, as every influential decision maker is keen on getting this deal across the line this week. If things go according to Tottenham’s ambitious plan, it would give Maddison enough time to report for pre-season on July 1.
Although Maddison would probably arrive late at Hotspur Way, particularly as he just finished international duty with the Three Lions. I suppose he deserves a fleeting holiday in the sun.
Again, that’s the best-case scenario. And we all know how often the best-case scenario comes to fruition during any given Tottenham transfer period.