Newcastle launched a second improved bid for Leicester City’s James Maddison on Monday. The details of this latest offer are uncertain but it is believed to be a structured bid in the region of £45-50m.
Football Insider is reporting that this second bid has been rejected though other outlets have not confirmed this just yet. However, it is expected that the Foxes, who value their midfielder at £60m, will again reject Newcastle’s offer.
It was also reported on Monday that Leicester have an interest in Martin Dubravka. The Mail’s Craig Hope posted the following on Twitter yesterday.
Leicester have shown an interest in NUFC goalkeeper Martin Dubravka but understand he is not yet part of the package for James Maddison. That could change, of course.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) August 1, 2022
Leicester City stalwart Kasper Schmeichel is due for a medical at Nice this week according to multiple reports. The 35-year-old is in the final year of his contract and Brendan Rodgers has to sell to fund any new recruits.
The Foxes are trying their best to keep hold of their stars with Newcastle after Maddison and Chelsea keen on Wesley Fofana. Newcastle have also enquired about Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans but were quoted with high fees.
It’s unclear if a part-exchange deal can be worked out for Maddison with Dubravka heading to the King Power stadium. Eddie Howe may be reluctant to part with Martin as it significantly weakens his options in goal despite having four on the books at present.
The Foxes are on the prowl for a new shot-stopper with Wales international Danny Ward and Daniel Iversen the only senior keepers at the club. Their interest in Dubravka could be something to watch in the coming weeks.