According to a report by The Mirror, Leicester City, Everton and newly-promoted Premier League outfit Fulham are embroiled in a three-way tussle to sign Norwich City sensation James Maddison.
The report claims Maddison is valued at £25m, which is fair considering the inflated figures of the modern-day transfer market. Despite his blistering exploits for the Canaries in the Championship last season, Daniel Farke’s men failed to finish in the top six.
But it goes without saying that Maddison effectively set the Championship alight with his swashbuckling displays. It seems like the player is destined for a future in the top-flight and with three Premier League sides battling for his signature, which club should he join?
Despite a season of uncertainty and problems, Everton managed to finish in the eighth spot. However, going forward, the club must aim for more. Given the slew of talents and financial backing at their disposal, the Toffees are capable of challenging for European spots and more.
They seem to have taken a step in the right direction by appointing Marco Silva as their new manager. And it goes without saying that the club are in for some massive changes. Considering Silva’s dynamic tactics and attack-oriented game-plans, a creative player like Maddison could work wonders for the club.
Fulham were able to closely observe Maddison over the course of the previous season in the Championship. Having recently secured a spot in the top-flight, the club will be eager to bolster their squad with the right talents. And while Maddison could be a brilliant addition for the club, it might be a risky endeavour for him to join a newly-promoted outfit.
The Cottagers have played a brilliant brand of football under Slavisa Jokanovic but it must be noted that they struggled quite a bit in the initial stages of the 2017/18 campaign. They deserve full credit for their late resurgence but for now, it might be better for Maddison to stay away from a move to Craven Cottage.
Leicester are expected to lose Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City this summer, meaning they could truly use a player like Maddison. Blessed with quick feet and excellent playmaking skills, the 21-year-old could prove to be a dynamic player for the Foxes.
Regardless of what happens with Mahrez, Leicester could do with the Norwich sensation being in their team. With the likes of Vincente Iborra and Wilfried Ndidi pulling the strings at the back, Maddison would be a force to reckon with at the King Power Stadium.
To be fair, both Everton and Leicester require someone like Maddison ahead of the new season. Since he is available at a decent price, it will be interesting to see which club ultimately acquires his signature.