Chelsea keep a close eye on €55m-rated English playmaker

The London giants are reportedly lining up a potential transfer deal for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison this summer. The 24-year-old playmaker would likely cost nearly £51m, and Chelsea are joined by Man City in targeting him as a possible summer target.

James has often looked like a top performer for Leicester, and it looks likely that he could earn himself a move to a bigger club at some point in the near future. Chelsea are keen to land Maddison, and one imagines he could be an upgrade on inconsistent performers like Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic in the attacking midfield department.

Mason Mount has been a big success in the German manager’s side of late, so the Blues might do well to land a similar style of player in the form of England international.

Leicester beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday, and Brendan Rodgers’ side are also closing in on a top-four finish, securing UCL football at the King Power Stadium for next campaign.

There looks little reason for the Foxes to sell a star footballer like the English playmaker, or for the 24-year-old to try and force a departure from a club that seem very much on the up.