James Maddison and his supposed move to Arsenal is still looming. The latest updates are that it looks a bit unlikely to see a move happening at this moment, but the talk still goes on even after Leicester have defeated Man City in the FA Community Shield.
So how do we see the chance of a move happening as the price on James Maddison rapidly has rised to a new level, said by Brendan Rodgers, to be far above £60million at the moment, with Jack Grealish being on the losing side and having a higher price tag on his head.
What we know clearly is that James Maddision could fancy a move to Arsenal, that Arsenal are eager to win a race for his signature. We also know that Leicester do not have to sell at this point, and if they can get a number of fringe players out it will be possible to keep and not sell their best players, but as we all know, everything has a price.Embed from Getty Images
If it happens and James Maddison moves on, there are a great number of names circulating as replacements for Maddison, with Jesse Lingard now turning up as the hot man on top. His loan move to West Ham last season worked wonders and he did return to international action for England, but missed out on the finals of the Euro’s, some believed that was not the best decision done by Gareth Southgate.
Lingard is a different type than James Maddison with a more direct approach and a bit more pace in his play. To see him in a mix and around Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes would not be the worst of ideas. At the moment a lot depends on what the plan for Paul Pogba is at Man Utd, and if he moves on, then Lingard looks a lost case for any club interesting in buying him.
We certainly hope Leicester will be willing to keep James Maddison at the club. The idea of bringing in Jesse Lingard looks difficult, but a return to Leicester, were he had a loan spell back in 2012 – 2013, playing five league games in the Championship, would probably be a step in the correct directon.
There could be an opening and one major reason for a Jesse Lingard move, his contract situation, being in his last year of his deal and with that in mind, OGS needs to soon make a decission on the future of the England international.
West Ham, AC Milan and Juventus are also said to be looking at the situation with Everton also able to join such a race, but to see him at Leicester will be based on what happens to James Maddison and his move to Arsenal.
The best scenario from a Leicester point of view would be to keep James Maddison as his presence in the group looks very important with Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs both gone, and also other players leaving.
Brendan Rodgers is really eager to get his team in the position of winning more titles as this builds confidence and momentum and to have the base of these players around in a continues plan looks as a terrific way of progress.