Arsenal is ‘really pushing’ for James Maddison to join them, and Edu has been informed how to make that happen.


Arsenal is ‘really pushing’ for James Maddison to join them, and Edu has been informed how to make that happen.

Arsenal are allegedly interested in signing Leicester City midfielder James Maddison before the transfer deadline this month.

According to sources, Arsenal director Edu is working hard to complete a summer transfer for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison. The 24-year-old has been widely linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, as Mikel Arteta looks to acquire a new playmaker before the transfer deadline this month.

Since joining Leicester City from Norwich City in 2018, Maddison has established himself as one of the Premier League’s brightest players.

Last season, he contributed 15 goals in 31 Premier League appearances to help the Foxes qualify for the Europa League with a fifth-place finish.

The Coventry native has since emerged as a top target for Arsenal, who are in desperate need of more flair in the middle of the field.

Emile Smith Rowe appears to be their only natural No 10 option at the moment, with Joe Willock allegedly set to sign a permanent deal with Newcastle United in the coming weeks.

Arsenal is also said to be interested in Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, who shone on loan at the Emirates Stadium in the second half of last season.

However, the chances of him being moved again look to be fading, with the Spanish giants deferring a final decision on his future.

As a result, the Gunners have shifted their emphasis to Maddison, and Edu appears to be ratcheting up his attempts to sign the Leicester master as soon as possible.

Arsenal’s pursuit of Maddison has escalated in recent days, according to Sky Sports writer Dharmesh Sheth, but he warns that a cash-only deal will likely be required to win his services.

“Arsenal are putting a lot of pressure on Leicester to complete a deal for James Maddison,” Sheth said on The Transfer Talk Podcast.

“Leicester is adamant about not selling. They aren’t under any obligation to sell, but they haven’t explicitly stated that he isn’t for sale.

“His contract has three years left on it. We’re informed Maddison is open to the prospect of joining Arsenal.

“It’s easier said than done,” she says. Arsenal would have to execute a cash-plus-players deal, which would be contingent on Leicester accepting those players.

“The only way Arsenal could execute this deal would be if it was all cash.”

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