Arsenal’s quest for creativity
Arsenal’s quest for creativity is well known as the Gunners desperately need an extra spark to power their attacks.
Martin Odegaard spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates Stadium but Real Madrid have yet to show any signs that he is looking to part ways with the 22-year-old again this summer.
As a result, Arsenal have reportedly started negotiations with Leicester City for midfield creator James Maddison, according to football.london author Chris Wheatley.
Excl: Arsenal have proposed a player-plus-cash deal for Leicester midfielder James Maddison.
I have been told that the negotiations are “very slow” and “like a game of chess” but the player is dying to move to North London.https: //t.co/jOGOBDeKTI
– Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 3, 2021
Wheatley reported that the Gunners “proposed a player-plus-cash deal” for Maddison, which sparked speculation about who the players on offer might be.
However, this has since been cleared up, with the same outlet suggesting that Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah were all mentioned as part of the deal.
– Bobby Vincent (@BobbyVincentFL) August 4, 2021
Despite the offers, Football.London reports that “Leicester has no interest in taking any of the Arsenal players” and would prefer a cash-only deal that would require Arsenal to raise £ 70m.
🔴 Arsenal remain keen to close a deal for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison.
✅ Maddison would be “open to the idea”.
💰 A potential deal would be difficult as Leicester is valued at around £ 70million. pic.twitter.com/V8IsGyL4CP
– Football daily (@footballdaily) August 4, 2021
While Maddison would be “open” to a move, it is difficult to see the Gunners find £ 70m without first relocating some of their existing players, especially if they are looking to do some more much-needed business.
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