Danny Mills has claimed it will cost Tottenham “more than £60million” to win the race to sign James Maddison from Leicester City this summer.
Football Insider revealed last month that the north Londoners have made an approach for the 22-year-old following his impressive debut campaign in the Premier League.
Leicester have slapped a £60million price tag on the player they signed from Norwich last summer for £22.5million amid rival interest from Manchester City and Arsenal.
Ex-England right-backs Mills has explained how Spurs’ obvious need for a replacement for Christian Eriksen, who has gone public with his desire to quit, will hike the price up even further.
“Leicester will have a price for Maddison and I think he’ll be more than £60million, as they know Tottenham will be looking to replace Eriksen,” Mills told Football Insider.
“He would be a good replacement but he is young, unproven and would take a couple of years to get to the consistency levels of Eriksen.
“Tottenham might not have a choice in needing him, as they have their hands tied if Christian Eriksen goes.”
Maddison made an excellent impression during his first campaign in the Premier League, nailing down a regular place in the Leicester side and scoring seven goals and supplying seven assists in 36 matches in the competition.
Spurs have slapped a mammoth £140million price tag on Eriksen, who told Danish media earlier this week that he wants to take the next step in his career by considering a move, possibly to Real Madrid.