Leicester will face cut-price offers for James Maddison and Harvey Barnes if they fail to avoid relegation ahead of a make-or-break showdown with high-flying Newcastle
- James Maddison is attracting interest from Newcastle and Tottenham
- Leicester won’t be able to get big offers for him and Harvey Barnes if they are relegated
- Defeat at Newcastle would all but seal their fate before the final game
Leicester will face cut-price offers for James Maddison and Harvey Barnes this summer if they are relegated to the Championship.
Both Maddison and Barnes are set for sale at the end of the campaign, with Maddison attracting interest from Monday’s opponents Newcastle, as well as Tottenham. Newcastle made inquiries in the summer about Barnes, who is also on Aston Villa’s list.
As a Premier League club, Leicester are expecting at least £50million for Maddison and a substantial sum for Barnes. But given the financial hit they’d take for falling to the second tier, they’re unlikely to receive offers of this magnitude.
Maddison, who has 10 goals and nine assists this term, has just one year left on his deal and although Barnes (12 goals and an assist) is under contract until 2025, he has shown no signs of of consent of the new.
Manager Dean Smith hopes to be in contention to get the job permanently but time is running out for him and his team.
Leicester to face cut-price offers for James Maddison and Harvey Barnes if they are relegated
The Foxes are all but relegated if they fall to defeat against Newcastle on Monday night
Dean Smith has struggled to correct the defensive flaws that have plagued Leicester all season
The former Aston Villa boss took over with eight games remaining and has struggled to correct the defensive flaws that have plagued Leicester all season.
‘We’re running out of games to fix it,’ said Smith. ‘We are in the saloon for the last time in the game against Newcastle.
‘When I came in here for the last eight games, if someone had said to me, “If you have to win at home in the last game of the season, would you take it?” I probably have.
‘Hopefully we can get there but we have to get a performance and a result against Newcastle.
‘I saw a united group. They’re not all going to be bosom buddies but what you need to be is the best team-mate you can be.’
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