Arsenal open talks with Leicester for James Maddison
Arsenal’s Maddison pursuit
Arsenal’s desire to bring in a top-quality attacking midfielder has been clear since the beginning of the summer. Although initially the top target was supposedly Martin Odegaard, who spent the second half of last season at the Emirates on loan, James Maddison has emerged at “the top of their list”, according to Football.London.
And now, as per Chief Arsenal writer for Football.London Chris Wheatley, the Gunners have made their opening move to bring Maddison to the Emirates Stadium.
Excl: Arsenal have proposed a player plus cash deal for Leicester midfielder James Maddison.
I’m told negotiations are ‘very slow’ and ‘like a game of chess’ but the player is keen on a move to north London.https://t.co/jOGOBDeKTI
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 3, 2021
As per the report, Arsenal have proposed a “player plus cash deal” for the 24-year old, although the sticking point is thought to be the 60 million pound fee that the Foxes are reported to be demanding.
Nevertheless, although negotiations remains “very slow”, Wheatley reports that “the player is keen on a move to north London”, which will prove music to the ears of Arsenal fans.
Bringing in someone of Maddison’s quality, whilst exciting, does raise questions as to the future of Emile Smith Rowe, whose new contract and number suggested that he would be central to Arsenal’s plans. The signing of a top-quality option in his position muddies this position somewhat, although Smith Rowe is aided by his ability to operate on the wing too.
Odegaard the alternative?
Elsewhere, Martin Odegaard is thought to once again be available this summer, despite initial reports suggesting he was in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans earlier in the season.
Martin Odegaard is concerned at Real Madrid amid #AFC interest. https://t.co/P4PTdhVIeL
— Arsenal FC News (@ArsenalFC_fl) August 2, 2021
Both of these reports offer a huge boost to Arsenal fans, who have been crying out for additional creativity on a permanent basis for the entire summer.
Which would you prefer?