According to Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are eager to James Maddison this summer but not in advanced talks with Leicester over the potential deal.
The Gunners are in market to strengthen their squad, with midfield options are among the area Mikel Arteta keen to bolster following the departure of Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos as pair returned to parent club Real Madrid following loan spells at the Emirates.
It’s understood that Maddison, 24, is primary target for Mikel Arteta, who is eager to bringing glory back to Emirates after ended last campaign in disappointing ways, with the north London club failed to qualifying for European competitions.
Numerous outlets including Daily Mail, have confirmed the north London club are prepared to launch a bid of player-plus-cash in order to enter negotiations with Leicester City.
The reports explain in details that Mikel Arteta’s recruitment team are prepared to launch a £50million bid for Maddison, with including fringe players likes versatile midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles and winger Reiss Nelson.
Now, expert journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed Arsenal are interest in Maddison, and he claims Gunners insiders think the £110,000-a-week ace is perfect for their style of play.
However, Romano also claims he’d be a difficult signing for Arsenal to pull off due to his price tag.
Fabrizio Romano on James Maddison to #Arsenal: ‘My feeling on Maddison has always been, talking with people close to Leicester, is that it will be really difficult because the price is so high.
‘It will be really, really difficult to sign him this summer.
‘It’s true that Arsenal have an interest in the player, it’s true that they consider him perfect for their play style, so they consider him as a potentially fantastic signing.
‘But at the moment it’s complicated with Leicester, so if the conditions change, maybe they can try, but at the moment, it’s not an advanced negotiation.’
Maddison, who reportedly agreed to personal terms on a contract with Arsenal, made 118 appearances for the Foxes since joining from Norwich in 2018.
The 24-year-old playmaker, who is certainly fits the profile of the attacker Mikel Arteta seeks, as he can play in a No.10 role while also being equally comfortable as an attacking No.8 or even out wide, scored 27 goals with additional of 20 assists across all competitions for Leicester City since arrived King Power Stadium.
The England international, who has showcased his quality in an attack-minded Leicester side over the last few seasons, offered £200,000-a-week by th Gunners, who interested in services of the playmaker.