Leicester and Tottenham agree £40m deal for James Maddison

James Maddison will undergo a medical on Wednesday before completing his £40m move from Leicester to Tottenham.

The England international has committed to a long-term deal, and his presence will be a significant help for Ange Postecoglou. 

The new Tottenham manager wants to restructure his team in an offensive 4-3-3 formation, and adding Maddison, who was unable to keep Leicester from sliding into the Championship last season, will provide him more creative options.

Spurs have been interested in Maddison since he was a teenager at Coventry. They were unable to sign the attacking midfielder when he joined Norwich in 2016 and again when he joined Leicester in 2018.

Tottenham have recently sealed the £17.2 million signing of Italian custodian Guglielmo Vicario from Empoli. 

When Newcastle United moved their focus to sign Italy midfielder Sandro Tonali from Milan last week, Spurs emerged as frontrunners in the fight to sign the 26-year-old. Leicester had intended to obtain £60 million for Maddison but was obliged to accept a lower offer.

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Spurs made an approach this week and are poised to sell midfielder Harry Winks to Leicester. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be hoping that signing Maddison raises the morale around the club following a challenging season.

Levy is determined to thwart Bayern Munich’s attempts to recruit Harry Kane. On Tuesday, Bayern Munich made a £60 million approach for Kane, who wants to join Thomas Tuchel’s side. 

Spurs are keen not to lose the England captain, despite the fact that his contract expires next year, and are unlikely to accept anything less than £100 million. Kane will see his move to Bayern as an opportunity to win his first trophy.

Postecoglou’s aim is to rebuild, and Maddison may play as an advanced No 8 or as part of his front three. 

Maddison was named in England’s squad for the 2022 World Cup and has three caps to his name. Last season, he had 10 goals and nine assists in the Premier League.