Chelsea are weighing up the possibility of a summer move for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison, according to reports. The 24-year-old, who is also said to be on Manchester City‘s radar, has established himself as a key cog in the machine for the Foxes since joining the club from Norwich City in 2018.
This season alone, Maddison has chipped in with 21 goal contributions in all competitions, helping Leicester to maintain their top-four trajectory throughout the campaign.
The Coventry native is under contract until the summer of 2024, but it has been suggested that a move to one of this season’s Champions League finalists could soon be on the cards.
Chelsea have expressed a clear interest in signing Maddison, but City are also considering an approach for his services, according to Fichajes.
The report claims that the Blues could have the advantage in the race for Leicester’s prized asset as a result of Pep Guardiola’s transfer strategy.
While the Spaniard is said to be a keen admirer, he is believed to be targeting the addition of a world-class striker as a matter of priority.
Sergio Aguero will leave the club at the end of the season after ten years of impeccable service, with his departure threatening to leave a significant hole in attack.
Despite this, a move for Maddison should not be ruled out, with the midfielder regarded as a ‘very attractive proposition’ by those at the Etihad Stadium.
It is also claimed that Leicester have slapped a £51million price tag on their man, but it remains to be seen whether Chelsea or City will commit to a figure of this magnitude.
Moreover, Brendan Rodgers will surely be keeping Maddison in his plans heading into next season and beyond, with Leicester highly unlikely to accept a cut-price offer.
The Foxes boss suggested back in 2019 that he would oppose any decision to sell, underlining his desire to keep hold of the club’s best performers, but admitted that every player has a price.
“In a player’s career, there will always be that temptation,” Rodgers told a press conference.
“This is a club that doesn’t want to sell its best players. But if a valuation is met, then there’ll be a discussion.
“James is very much a talented player. And he along with a number of other young players we want to keep here. But I’m a realist as well, and I know how the market works.”
Meanwhile, Maddison seems to be more than happy with his role at Leicester, claiming earlier this year that his time in the east Midlands is going swimmingly.
“I think I’m probably in the form of my Leicester career to be honest,” he told talkSPORT. “I think the numbers would suggest that. I’m always looking to improve and get better.
“I’m by no means the perfect footballer or the finished article, but the numbers are good and I’m playing with a smile on my face and I’m enjoying my time here.
“I think we’ve got a good thing going and we’re in a good position in the table.”