Surprise inclusion of Arsenal in James Maddison transfer


Arsenal are considering a surprise inclusion in James Maddison’s transfer as Mikel Arteta look to sign the Leicester playmaker for the summer ahead of the deadline. (Photo by Alex Pantling / Getty Images)

James Maddison is someone whose name will be mentioned every hour until the August 31 deadline. Arsenal might well secure their man before that, but until he scores the i’s and crosses the t’s, speculation is rife.

What is reassuring in this case is the future of Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian would be a fantastic signing for the club given his familiarity with the Premier League, cheaper asking price and huge cap.

His next step has been a constant talking point all summer, but with Toni Kroos suffering from an injury to rule him out for around a month, the likelihood of Odegaard leaving has never been slimmer.

Which means everything can move forward for James Maddison.

More than Pain in the Arsenal

Arsenal consider surprise inclusion in James Maddison transfer as Mikel Arteta look to sign Leicester playmaker summer ahead of deadline

There is no doubt that Mikel Arteta’s admiration for the player and the Gunners’ firm interest seek to acquire one of the more expensive options on the market to come and share the creative mantle.

Sitting on a long-term contract with a club with no rush or genuine desire to sell, the asking price of £ 60-70million has the potential to be one of the biggest expenses in club history. Ben White may have arrived with £ 50million already, but being a defensive reinforcement it’s a deal that hasn’t collective tail wagging as much.

A fantastic signing, no doubt, but at a time when transfers are seen as almost more important to fans than great football and results, the clamor is huge to bring Maddison on.

What feels nice takes a step back from what is Fine though. Winning football games is what matters and the club’s consensus heading into the home stretch of this window is that Maddison will simply help Arsenal do more.

Which will cost a few pounds of course. An offer has already been turned down by Leicester to cut overall spending, with one from Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah offered as the compensation weight. Leicester said no to the four.

The Foxes are supplied to the central midfielder and center-forward, and even though they are looking for a winger, they would prefer a left foot, excluding Nelson.

Wesley Fofana suffered a broken fibula during a terrible challenge in their recent 3-2 win over Villarreal, leaving Brendan Rodgers appallingly worn out in central defense. They are now actively seeking reinforcements and that could force Arsenal to rethink their offer.

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