James Maddison will not be making a shock deadline day move to Manchester City – and Brendan Rodgers won’t be signing Chelsea’s Mason Mount as his replacement, GRAEME BRYCE exclusively reports.
Leicester City have been linked with the daddy of all deadline day pieces of business on social media, however sources close to Maddison confirmed the rumours to be untrue.
Maddison only signed a bumper new £100,000-a-week four-year-deal with Leicester at the end of last season and the Foxes value their England midfielder at £100million – there is no way even minted Manchester City would smash their transfer record to shell out that kind of cash.
The rumours of the double switch grew pace at the weekend when Brendan Rodgers talked up Maddison at his pre-match press conference ahead of West Ham’s visit – only for the midfielder to miss the game unexpectedly.
When Mount remained an unused sub throughout Chelsea’s 4-0 drubbing of Crystal Palace it appeared to fan the flames and suggest there could be something in the Twitter tittle-tattle.
However Maddison’s camp has confirmed their man suffered a twinge in his calf during training on Friday and failed a fitness test, meanwhile those who are in the know at Chelsea were amused by claims Frank Lampard would part with Mount, who remains a firm favourite of his.