Tottenham report: Brendan Rodgers teases a possible trade for James Maddison.
Tottenham have long admired James Maddison, with his manager now admitting that the No.10 could leave Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur could sign James Maddison – and now even Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his talisman could leave.
Maddison has been in scintillating form this season for the Foxes, earning a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad before the winter break and helping to drag Rodgers’ struggling side away from the drop zone. The No.10 has long been linked with Spurs, along with Arsenal and Newcastle United, with performances this season only intensifying rumours of a step up to a club in Europe.
Now, Rodgers – who inherited Maddison when he took over at the King Power Stadium in 2019 – has dropped what football.london(opens in new tab) have described as a “huge hint” that an exit for his star man could be imminent.
“It’s getting more difficult,” Rodgers told reporters. “The financial resources, not just in the top six, makes it really difficult. Clubs have multiple injections of finances. We have one owner and one family.
“Each year it gets tougher. It doesn’t soften our ambition to be super competitive.”
Previously, Leicester were certain that Maddison was not for sale, allegedly turning down Arsenal in 2021 when they were looking for a dynamic force in midfield. The East Midlanders reportedly requested roughly £60 million back then(opens in new tab), with Mikel Arteta and co. preferring to drop out of a deal and seek Martin Odegaard for half the amount.
With Tottenham now lacking in imagination and supporters dissatisfied with the club’s ownership and lack of investment, Maddison would be the ideal solution to the problem (opens in new tab). However, the Lilywhites are said to only have roughly £30 million to spend this month.
With a top-four finish unlikely this season, Spurs’ board may follow in the footsteps of last summer’s board by spending more money in the playing team to support Antonio Conte.
Transfermarkt values Maddison at €55 million (opens in new tab).