Arsenal have reportedly held a productive talks with Leicester City over a possibility of signing James Maddison this summer.
The Gunners are in market to strengthen their squad this summer, with midfield options are among the area Mikel Arteta keen to bolster following the departure of Odegaard and 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.
In recent weeks, several British media had confirmed Arsenal are prepared to submit a suitable offer for James Maddison, who 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.
However, the most reliable Arsenal source, The AFCBell, who delivered accurate information regarding the transfer situation of Thomas Partey proposed switch to Emirates stadium, confirmed Mikel Arteta’s recruitment team began negotiations with Leicester City over James Maddison deal.
The reports explain in details that, the Gunners have working behind the scenes, also analyzed the midfielder’s injury record and still interested in making the deal happen this summer.
It was also added, the north London club are reaching a compromise regarding the price of the deal to suit all parties, but if Leicester insist on an astronomical amount, the club will turn to other options on its list, which is Martin Odegaard.
Below are the information AFCBell delivered regarding James Maddison proposed switch to Emirates this summer
TheAFCBell – An Arsenal-appointed broker has begun to test the heart of Leicester City in a round of back-channel talks about a possible deal to sign James Maddison. The feeling in the club camp is that Madison is not an untouchable or unsalable player, but rather a window of hope if the price is right!
Arsenal have made their own investigations regarding the player’s injury history and records and the suitability of signing him under these circumstances and still have a serious interest in Madison but it is understood that the two clubs are far from being evaluated at the moment.
It is understood that one of the reasons for the valuation gap between the two clubs is that Norwich City included a clause in the sale of Madison to Leicester City that would entitle them to a percentage of the profits of any future sale. Sources close to Norwich did not disclose the exact figure, but claim that the percentage due is between 10% and 15%.
Arsenal is open to negotiating with Leicester City and reaching a compromise regarding the price of the deal to suit all parties, but if Leicester insist on an astronomical amount, the club will turn to other options on its list. As we mentioned in January, Odegaard could be a welcome alternative if Plan A doesn’t work.
Senior sources and very close to the negotiating table confirm that the decisive factor in the James Madison deal is not Arsenal’s ability to provide the value of the deal, but the essence of the matter is that the club wants to do more work in this window and will not overspend madly on one deal, and there are other centers that it wants to support.
The end is still not written in the James Madison deal and it is not dead, but at the same time it is not close or decided. The club is working behind the scenes silently. Let’s see what the club can achieve in the coming weeks and let’s pray for the good news.