It is no secret at this point that Leicester City star James Maddison is Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s number one target this summer.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Englishman over the last few weeks. The Daily Mail revealed that people at Arsenal believe that a £60 million package would be enough to sign Maddison, but it seemed too good to be true for all of us.
However, Peter O’Rourke has revealed that this move is gathering pace and that Arsenal are really confident now that a deal can be struck with Leicester to bring Maddison to the Emirates before the transfer window shuts.
O’Rourke: James Maddison to Arsenal ‘really could happen‘
He said on The Football Terrace: “They’re getting encouraging signs that something can be done with James Maddison. They’ve been encouraged that they might be able to persuade Leicester to do a deal on him.
“It seems Arsenal are ready to offer a couple of fringe players in part exchange for Maddison as well as a substantial fee as well. This really could happen. Maddison is sort of coming around to the idea of maybe moving from Leicester to Arsenal.
“Real encouraging signs here for the Gunners that they might be able to land James Maddison. As things stand, Maddison is their top target. This one is gathering pace and Arsenal are growing ever more confident that there’s a possibility of a deal happening there.”
The Insider’s View:
This really is interesting. We’d all love James Maddison at the Emirates next season, but he’ll surely cost an awful amount of money. However, funds don’t seem to be the problem for Arsenal at the moment, if David Ornstein is to be believed.
The Athletic journalist hinted on Twitter today that Arsenal do have the money, but he did question if the Gunners would be prepared to go above and beyond to sign Maddison, especially after we tied down Emile Smith Rowe to a new long-term contract.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out. If Arsenal can bring Maddison in, it would be incredible. However, it won’t be a surprise to see the Gunners look for someone a lot cheaper to come in and just provide cover for Smith Rowe when needed.