Brendan Rodgers insists Leicester have received NO offers for James Maddison despite Arsenal’s strong interest in the £60million-rated midfielder – saying ‘I know he’s VERY happy here’ while downplaying transfer talk
- Arsenal have identified Leicester’s James Maddison as a key transfer target
- Reports this week suggested they made a player plus money offer for him
- However, Brendan Rodgers insisted Leicester have not received any offers
- It is clear that Leicester will accept nothing less than £60m for Maddison
Brendan Rodgers has indicated that Leicester has not received any bids for James Maddison, despite Arsenal’s strong interest in the playmaker.
As first revealed by Sports post in June, Maddison has been a strong target for the Gunners this summer, who have been working on a players-plus-cash deal.
But Maddison has three years left on a £100,000-a-week contract and it’s clear anything under £60million would be turned down.
Leicester have yet to receive any offers for Arsenal’s summer transfer target James Maddison
Arsenal want to sign the midfielder but Leicester won’t let him go for less than £60m
Rodgers said, “I know he’s very happy here and he wants to be here. If anything came up at the club, Jon Rudkin (Football Director) would tell me right away and I would handle it, but nothing came my way.
‘I wasn’t told anything to say’ [he won’t stay]. He’s happy in training and he’s working hard, and he’s a talented, important member of the squad.
“Last year his season was interrupted by an injury, but hopefully this season he can show what a real top player he is.”
Maddison was known to be hugely disappointed when he was dropped from the starting line-up for the FA Cup final in May, in which Leicester beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the trophy for the first time.
The 24-year-old has been a key member of Rodgers’ squad since the Northern Irishman joined from Celtic in February 2019 and has a chance to start at Wembley on Saturday when Leicester face Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Brendan Rodgers insists Maddison is ‘happy’ at the club and could be a key player next season