Leicester have rejected Newcastle’s £40m bid for James Madison.
Newcastle are now deciding whether to make a better offer for the midfielder, as Leicester consider Madison for close to £60m.
Eddie Howe is keen to strengthen his squad this summer despite some setbacks in the transfer market, after rebuffing his efforts to sign Everton midfielder Anthony Gordon, while French striker Hugo Ekitic chose Paris Saint-Germain instead of Newcastle. chose a step.
But Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers may be determined to retain the services of Madison, who made some impressive performances in the last months of the season when he was out of contention for the England team.
With defender Wesley Fofana emerging as a target for Chelsea, Rodgers will be reluctant to allow key members of his squad to depart before the start of the new campaign next weekend.
Can the Foxes keep Fofana afloat?
Chelsea are interested in signing Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana.
Fofana signed a two-year contract extension with Leicester in March. His deal lasts till 2027.
Chelsea have signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli but have failed to bring in Manchester City’s Nathan Acke and Sevilla’s Jules Kaunde after the departure of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Howe wants more creative options
Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby.
Diaby is one of several attacking players to be considered by the club this summer.
It is understood there could be a difference between what Newcastle are willing to pay for the price the 22-year-old international and Leverkusen’s demand.
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