Newcastle United have been linked with a series of players in recent times. One name that had not done rounds of the rumour mill though is James Maddison. Thus, it was a major surprise when the Magpies submitted a transfer bid for the Leicester City star and it almost felt out of the blue. They have not been able to agree a deal yet though, and are believed to have failed with a second bid as well.
What is making things even more difficult at the moment is the fact that Chelsea are chasing the signature of Wesley Fofana, and could potentially make him the most expensive defender in history.
If Chelsea do end up signing Fofana, then there would be very little chance of Leicester City letting go of Maddison in the same transfer window.
Some rumours have even suggested that Newcastle United have dropped their interest in Maddison. But they have been told that signing the attacking midfielder could guarantee them a top 10 finish in the Premier League. As reported by GIVEMESPORT, Michael Bridge said:
"“If I were Newcastle, I’d just do it. But I understand their stance at the moment, with FFP and everything, and I admire the way they say they won’t be held to ransom. I just feel with him though: 25, English, game changer. You immediately, with Maddison, guarantee you finish above Leicester, you get guaranteed top 10, and you’ve got a really good English player on your books for a long time.”"
Newcastle United told to sign Maddison this summer
It is actually very interesting that there is not more interest in the signature of Maddison this summer after the season that he had. In the past, he has been linked with multiple of the Big Six.
According to stats from Transfermarkt, Maddison scored 18 goals and provided 12 assists in 53 appearances last season.
Thus, while Leicester City might have struggled for form as a team, individually Maddison was very good.
Thus, someone with his quality could be a very good addition for Newcastle United. Now, it remains to be seen if the Magpies can sign him or not.
Many fans even believe that a signing of his calibre could turn the club into contenders for European qualification.