Antonio Conte has been a busy man in the transfer window so far bringing in six key first-team signings but a creative presence in midfield remains high on his radar too with Leicester City’s James Maddison a reported target.
What is the latest on Maddison?
The attacking midfielder has been strongly linked with an exit from Leicester for a few seasons now with Arsenal previously said to be pushing hard for his services before signing Martin Odegaard instead.
According to FA registered intermediary and player representative Paul O’Keefe, Fabio Paratici and Conte have now turned their attention to Brendan Rodgers’ star-man Maddison.
Last season saw the 25-year-old score 18 goals and provide 12 assists in all competitions in what was an underwhelming campaign for the Foxes on all fronts. In total, he has scored 69 professional goals throughout his career.
But talk of a transfer appeared to have died down until O’Keefe’s update. Could this be the summer Maddison finally gets his move to a Champions League club?
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What has Jones said about Maddison?
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “The six key signings are tied up. So anything else from here is going to be considered a luxury signing. I mean, Maddison can definitely be filed under a luxury asset.”
Are Tottenham finished in the transfer window?
As Jones said, it appears that the club have completed their priority business. The speed with which Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Clement Lenglet and Fraser Forster were brought in this summer showed they were deals that had been in the pipeline for a while.
If the season were to start today it is likely that Conte would be happy with the business done at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
But the transfer window is never easy to predict.
The Evening Standard have reported that Conte and Paratici are still on the hunt for a creative presence, however.
Star striker Harry Kane was often spotted dropping deep into midfield last season to create opportunities for himself or others.
That is something that Conte will be eager to eradicate heading into next term and the signing of a creative midfielder would go a long way to doing that.