Arsenal are reportedly willing to offer player-plus-cash to Leicester City in exchange for attacking midfielder James Madison this summer.
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.
Maddison, 24, is a primary target for Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, who is looking to bringing glory back to Emirates next season after ended last campaign in disappointing ways London club failed to qualifying for European competitions.
In order to getting London club back on track next season, Mikel Arteta and Edu Gasper prepared to launch a £50million bid for Maddison, with including fringe players.
According to the Daily Mail, a £50m offer would not tempt Leicester City into negotiations, so Arsenal are prepared to include fringe players in a proposed bid.
The reports explain in details that versatile midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles and winger Reiss Nelson are two players that Gunners willing to include in their proposed bid to Leicester, who interested in selling the Englishman if right offer arrive this summer.
Nelson, who has just one year remaining on his contract, has struggled to cement his place as a regular starter under Arteta, and is now deemed surplus to requirements.
Maitland-Niles, meanwhile, was looked at by Brendan Rodgers in the January transfer window, before the 23-year-old joined West Bromwich Albion on a temporary deal, and the Foxes would be interested in signing him this summer.
Maddison, meanwhile, reportedly agreed to personal terms on a contract with Arsenal while a formal offer to Leicester City with including fringe players expected to submitted this week.
According to Gary Stephenson on Twitter, Arsenal could be pressing ahead with a move for James Maddison after agreeing on personal terms with the playmaker.
The Foxes playmaker 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.
Additionally, the England international has showcased his quality in an attack-minded Leicester side over the last few seasons and has plenty of experience.
In order to get the deal done, Mikel Arteta’s recruitment team have agreed on personal terms with the star playmaker, paving the way for the club to make a formal offer to Leicester. It is believed that Maddison will earn £200,000-a-week after the Gunners made a bumper contract offer to him recently.