James Maddison has reportedly agreed to personal terms on a contract with Arsenal, while a formal offer to Leicester City could soon be on the cards.
According to Gary Stephenson on Twitter, Arsenal could be pressing ahead with a move for James Maddison after agreeing on personal terms with the playmaker.
The Gunners are now expected to make a formal offer for the Leicester City star, which would make him the North London side’s marquee signing this summer.
Arsenal’s search for an attacking midfielder has seen them linked to numerous stars across Europe. While Mikel Arteta has not been explicitly clear about the profile of this much needed attacking star so far, it’s assumed to be in the No.10 role. Hence, the James Maddison links refuse to go away.
Emile Smith Rowe is already present at the club to feature in a similar role, but Arteta has preferred the youngster in varied positions, including as a wide attacker.
Additionally, since January, Martin Odegaard’s presence elevated Arteta’s thinking in bringing a similar creator to the side after the Norwegian decided to stay in Real Madrid following his loan spell.
Maddison certainly fits the profile of the attacker Arteta seeks, as he can play in a No.10 role while also being equally comfortable in an N0.8, but in an attacking sense. Additionally, the England international has showcased his importance in an attacking Leicester side over the last few seasons and has plenty of experience.
Arsenal have now reportedly agreed on personal terms with the star playmaker, paving the way for the club to make a formal offer to Leicester. It is believed that Maddison will earn £200,000-a-week after the Gunners made a bumper contract offer to him recently.
As for Leicester, they are reportedly set to demand upwards of £60 million for Maddison, who has a long term contract at the King Power stadium. Previous reports quoted the Foxes asking for a reported £80 million, but Arsenal are hopeful a £60 million offer can close the deal.
The Gunners have already signed Nuno Tavares from Benfica and confirmed Albert Sambi Lokonga’s capture from Anderlecht. A central midfield partner to Thomas Partey is a priority, while a striker could also be on the cards.
Additionally, the Gunners have also agreed to a £50 million deal with Brighton for defender Ben White. If Arsenal pulls off the Maddison deal, they will take their spending significantly higher than the £100 million mark this summer.
Maddison will represent a great capture for Arsenal, who are seemingly looking at making young acquisitions throughout the window. All the signings are designed to provide a great balance in the team for the future.