Spurs agree €46m deal for James Maddison


James Maddison of Leicester City celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park on February 04, 2023 in Birmingham, England.

Tottenham are set to complete the signing of Leicester City’s James Maddison after agreeing an initial £40m (€46.3m) deal.

Maddison had a medical yesterday and is expected to become the first major signing for new Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou. Tottenham stepped up their interest this week and after 48 hours of intense negotiations have struck a deal with relegated Leicester for the England international.

It is understood the fee will be £40m with the promise of further instalments on appearances and achievements. Leicester had been initially seeking £60m (€69.5m) for Maddison, who had one year left on his contract, but softened their stance as they did not want a transfer saga damaging their preparations for the Championship season under new manager Enzo Maresca.

Maddison is expected to sign a contract worth around £170,000 (€196.94k) a week – his deal at Leicester was due to receive a 50 per cent reduction following the club’s drop out of the Premier League.

The 26-year-old returned from a short holiday in Ibiza this week and will now undergo medical tests at Tottenham’s training ground. Signed for a total £25 million from Norwich City in June 2018, his former club will also receive 15 per cent of any profit from the fee.

Despite a disappointing final season, Maddison proved an excellent signing for Leicester and was part of the team who won the FA Cup in 2021.

The attacking midfielder was also promoted to the England senior team and was a member of Gareth Southgate’s squad at last year’s World Cup in Qatar.

The move for Maddison follows the first completed signing of the Postecoglou era after the club announced on Tuesday the arrival of goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario from Empoli for around £16m, with the 26-year-old signing a deal that will run until 2028.

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