Arsenal have made huge steps in bid to land James Maddison, by proposed player plus cash with Leicester as Mikel Arteta pursue another big money summer signing.
The Gunners are in market to strengthen their squad with creative midfielder, following the departure of Martin Odegaard to Real Madrid, and it’s understood that Maddison, who establish himself as one of the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League, become primary target for Mikel Arteta.
After a lot conversation between Maddison’s camp and club technical director Edu Gasper, now, reports by Football.London, have confirmed the Gunners will explore the possibility of signing Maddison by offering a player in order to bring down Leicester’s price tag of £60million.
The Reports explain in details that that Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah including Ainsley Maitland-Niles believed could be part of the proposal as Mikel Arteta find best possible way to get his primary target.
Leicester, on the other hand, rejected an offer £70m for Maddison from another Premier League club last summer before the 24-year-old signed a new four-year deal worth a £100,000 a week. That places them in an extremely strong bargaining position.
The Gunners have already brought in £18m Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and are keen to further strengthen their midfield following his arrival.
Despite, Mikel Arteta’s side finished in a disappointing eight position last season and failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years, they are already spent over £70million in current summer transfer window.
As well as Lokonga, defender Ben White has signed from Brighton in a deal worth £50m, while 21-year-old left-back Nuno Tavares has come in from Benfica for £7.2million.
The Gunners take on north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in The Mind Series pre-season tournament on Sunday ahead of their Premier League opener against Brentford on Friday August 13.