Fabrizio Romano featured on the EyetoEye Podcast today and had his say on rumours linking Leicester City star James Maddison with a move to Arsenal this summer.
Football London revealed a couple of weeks ago that the Gunners are indeed interested in signing the Englishman, who has been a real star in the Premier League since moving to the King Power from Norwich City.
That, predictably, raised the excitement among Arsenal supporters. Maddison would be absolutely brilliant for us, and if Edu can bring him in before the transfer window shuts, Gooners will definitely forget about missing out on Emi Buendia and Martin Odegaard.
Romano: I’m not convinced by Maddison to Arsenal rumours
Romano was asked about those rumours today and the Italian transfer guru played the whole thing down. He revealed that Arsenal are admirers of Maddison, but it would take a ‘crazy bid’ to convince Leicester to part ways with him, and that is unlikely.
He said: “The truth is that the player is appreciated and Arsenal are looking for a player in this position because they lost Martin Odegaard. So, they need to sign a new number 10 and Maddison is highly appreciated and this is true.
“But, at the moment, it’s really complicated. Leicester are still convinced that the player is staying and they are not intentioned to sell him. They want a crazy bid and Arsenal have not made any official bid. At the moment, I’m not convinced.”
The Insider’s View:
We always knew it would be extremely difficult to lure Maddison away from the King Power. The Leicester star, when he’s fully fit, is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League, and that alone makes him a really expensive option.
To add to the above, he’s English, still only 24 and has three years left on his current contract. Leicester are right to demand a ‘crazy bid’ this summer, and although it’s unlikely, don’t rule Arsenal out just yet.
Yes, expecting Arsenal to spend upwards of £60 million on one player is a bit of a stretch, especially when we’re set to fork out about £50 million on Ben White. However, we’ve proved people wrong before, and there’s a small chance that the Kroenkes can surprise us again this summer.