Arsenal eye Leicester creator Maddison


Arsenal are prepared to offer players to Leicester in exchange to bring James Maddison's price down, claims The Daily Mail.


Mikel Arteta is desperate to sign a creative midfielder this summer after Martin Odegaard returned to Real Madrid following his loan spell.


The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for Lyon's Houssem Aouar but face competition from a host of their Premier League rivals for his signature.


Maddison has emerged as a top transfer target once Arsenal finalise Ben White's £50m move from Brighton.


Leicester value Maddison well in excess of £50m but Arsenal hope to include some of their own players in the deal to bring that price down.


Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are both free to leave Arsenal this summer and are just two players that could head their proposal to Leicester.



Brendan Rodgers' side will likely dig their heels in over Maddison's departure and they are in no rush to cash in after the England international penned a new long-term deal last summer.


The 24-year-old was limited to just 24 Premier League starts last season after struggling to stay fit for prolonged periods and it cost him a place in England's squad for Euro 2020.


Despite being considered a creative player, Manchester United's Andreas Pereira actually averages as many key passes from open play per game as Maddison over the last two Premier League campaigns (1.6).