Mikel Arteta a ‘huge fan’ of Arsenal transfer target James Maddison

Arsenal has been linked with a move for Leicester City star James Maddison this summer.

One of Arsenal’s top priorities in the transfer market this summer is to sign a playmaking midfielder as they are in desperate need of creativity on the pitch evidenced by the lack of goals scored in the previous 2020/21 campaign. Leicester City’s James Maddison is reportedly on Arsenal’s list of midfielder targets with manager Mikel Arteta said to be a ‘huge fan’ of the midfielder.

Martin Odegaard was widely reported as being the Gunners first-choice signing in the attacking midfielder role after he impressed on loan in the second half of the 2020/21 season. However, reports from Spain have indicated that Real Madrid has no intention of selling the 22-year old Norwegian midfielder as their newly appointed manager Carlo Ancelotti seeks to assess his options at Madrid. Although this situation could change, if Odegaard is not assured of playing time at Madrid.

Arsenal had reportedly bid for Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City but decided not to follow up with another bid as fellow Premier League club Aston Villa outbid the north London club and eventually signed Buendia.

Arsenal’s list of targets in the No.10 role has either been closely linked to other clubs or out of reach of the English club’s hands as they look forward to a season without European football for the first time in over two decades.

However, luring Maddison away from Leicester City would prove to be a difficult task as Leicester has secured Europa League qualification for next season. The asking price for the midfielder could also be a stumbling block as his current contract expires only in 2024, which gives Leicester an advantage over Arsenal at the negotiating table.

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