Due to’very sluggish’ conversations, Arsenal transfer boss Edu is considering options to James Maddison.
Arsenal are still interested in signing James Maddison before the summer transfer window closes.
Edu, Arsenal’s chief executive, is said to be in discussion with Leicester City about a transfer for James Maddison, but there is one “big sticking issue.” This summer, the Gunners have already spent about £75 million on Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga, and Nuno Tavares.
Some of that money will be recouped through player sales, with names like Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Reiss Nelson garnering attention.
Willock impressed on loan in the second half of last season, prompting Newcastle to make a £25 million bid for him.
Arsenal, on the other hand, aren’t likely to be done with incomings before the transfer season shuts.
Arsenal’s top aim in the coming weeks is to sign a creative midfielder, and Maddison has been the club’s major target all summer.
No bid has been made so far, according to Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who claims Maddison is happy at the club.
Rodgers stated, “I know he is really happy here and he wants to be here.”
“If anything came to the club, Jon Rudkin (director of football) would inform me immediately, and I would deal with it then, but nothing has come my way so far.
“I haven’t been informed what to say about [his refusal to stay].” He enjoys training and works hard, and he is a talented and valuable component of the squad.
“His season was cut short last year due to injury, but maybe this season he will prove what a true top talent he is.”
However, according to football.london, Arsenal and Leicester are still in talks.
Arsenal’s attempts to recruit Maddison have reportedly been thwarted because talks have been “extremely slow.”
The primary issue for the Gunners is Leicester’s £60 million asking price, according to reports.
Arsenal has apparently refused to come close to that price, despite Maddison’s alleged desire to transfer to north London.
Arsenal’s difficulties with Leicester, on the other hand, have reportedly pushed Edu to consider ‘cheaper possibilities.’
There appears to be some concern that a deal with Leicester will not be completed before the transfer window ends.
Arsenal is desperate to add more options to help them advance up the pitch.