Arsenal have made a proposal to Leicester for a move for playmaker James Maddison.
According to Football.london, Leicester’s James Maddison is at the top of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s wish list in pursuit of a creative midfielder in the summer window.
The Gunners are interested in a swoop to sign the 24-year-old to bolster their attacking options ahead of the 2021-22 season.
They are also looking at Maddison as an alternative to Martin Odegaard, as he seems likely to remain at Madrid in the coming season.
Arteta is a big admirer of the Foxes’ playmaker as he has been impressive over the past three seasons.
Negotiations for Maddison’s move to the Emirates have been slow, but Maddison has made it clear that he is interested in the move to North London even though Arsenal finished below Leicester in the Premier League table last season.
Leicester are eyeing a fee of about £70 million. However, Arsenal hope to lower this price by including players in the deal, with the likes of Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson understood to be the players offered.
However, the move will only work if Arsenal are willing to give up a player in a position that Brendan Rodgers’ side is looking to recruit in.
Rodgers was in the market for a centre back this summer and with Wesley Fofana suffering a fractured fibula, it only gave him more pressure to sign.
When Fofana was stretchered off during Leicester City’s 3-2 win over Villarreal on Wednesday night, the 20-year-old immediately signalled for assistance after a scissor challenge by the forward Fer Nino.
Arsenal having recently brought in Ben White from Brighton and loaned out William Saliba and Dinos Mavropanos, the Gunners seem not in a position to offer one.
Maddison scored 8 goals and made 5 assists in 31 appearances for the Foxes last season.