Newcastle have made a second offer of around £50m for Leicester midfielder James Maddison.
The Magpies are awaiting a response to their improved offer for the 25-year-old, after their opening bid of £40m was rejected at the weekend.
Leicester are believed to value Maddison, who joined the Foxes for £24m from Norwich in June 2018, at over £60m.
Should Newcastle’s offer be accepted, Maddison would become the club’s record signing – eclipsing the £40million they paid Hoffenheim for Joelinton in July 2019.
Maddison scored 18 goals and provided 12 assists in 53 appearances in all competitions for Leicester last season.
Eddie Howe remains keen to strengthen his squad despite some setbacks in the transfer market this summer, having been rebuffed in their bid to sign Everton midfielder Anthony Gordon, while France striker Hugo Ekitike opted for a move to Paris Saint-Germain instead of Newcastle.
The north-east club have made three summer signings so far with the arrivals of Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Lille defender Sven Botman.
Rodgers: No way I want to sell Maddison
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers wants to keep Maddison and joked after Sunday’s 1-0 friendly win over Sevilla that £40m would buy “three quarters of his left leg”.
Leicester, who are the only top side yet to sign this summer, have yet to sell to bring in reinforcements but Rodgers insisted they will not be exploited by Maddison or others.
“There is obviously a financial situation within the club which is not ideal for wanting to do business. This does not mean that we will be exploited and we do not want to lose our best players,” he said. he declares. .
“You don’t want to lose your best players and then not be able to bring any back. It doesn’t stack.
“With James, he looks the best of my time here. He’s been a pleasure to work with. I love him as a young man, watching him grow since coming to a 25-year-old father.
“He’s really essential for us. There’s no way I want to sell him.”
Rodgers warns Chelsea against Fofana
Rodgers has also issued a no-action warning on Wesley Fofana, with Chelsea working on a deal for the French defender.
Leicester are reportedly demanding up to £85million for Fofana given he has five years left on his contract, and Rodgers is adamant the 21-year-old is going nowhere.
He said: “No, he’s not for sale. When we watched him he had made 17 league starts. Everyone was looking at him at the time, but he came here, really blossomed and developed. , not just as a player but as a young man.
“He really respects the club, I have no doubt that in the future he will be on this stage (the highest) but he is very comfortable, he feels good here.
“He has a great relationship with his teammates which is important and there is no doubt that he will honor this milestone. But for now he is here, he is developing and as I said he is n is not for sale.
“He may have the opportunity to be part of the France squad for the World Cup and for that it’s about playing, so I’m pretty calm on that. I’ve had long discussions with him.
“He can’t stop the speculation but he’s very focused on his job here and very focused on his development.”
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