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Report: 'Fantastic' 10-assist player will cost Arsenal more than Nicolas Pepe

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Arsenal are on the lookout for a new number 10 after Martin Odegaard returned to Real Madrid, and Leicester City star James Maddison is reportedly Mikel Arteta’s number one target.

The Gunners seem to have learnt their lesson from the 2020/21 season. We failed to sign a new number 10 last summer and that was arguably the biggest reason why we found ourselves in the bottom half of the league table at one point in the last campaign.

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Despite an impressive comeback in the second half of the season, Arsenal could only end up in eighth – our worst finish in over a quarter of a century. Arteta is desperate for a new number 10 in this window to avoid repeating last summer’s mistake and Maddison would be absolutely brilliant.

The Englishman, labelled as ‘fantastic‘ by Brendan Rodgers, scored 11 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions last season. He is undoubtedly one of Leicester’s finest players, and all of us knew that he would cost an absolute fortune this summer.

The Daily Mail revealed last month that Arsenal are really keen to sign Maddison and that Gunners officials are confident that a £60 million package would be enough to convince Leicester to part ways with their number 10.

However, if a latest report is to be believed, that figure is well off the mark.

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James Maddison will cost Arsenal a club-record fee

Arsenal’s current record signing is Nicolas Pepe. The Gunners forked out a staggering £72 million to sign him back in 2019 (BBC), and if Leicester Mercury are to be believed, Maddison will cost a bit more than that.

The report confirms that the Gunners are indeed interested, but they believe that Arsenal will not put forward the transfer fee that Leicester are demanding. An exact figure isn’t mentioned, but they feel that the Foxes are looking for about the same amount of money that Manchester United forked out for Harry Maguire two years ago.

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The Red Devils splashed a mammoth £80 million (BBC) to sign the defender. That is a lot of money, but Leicester weren’t willing to part ways with Maguire for anything less, and it won’t be a surprise to see them maintain a similar stance with Maddison this summer.

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