Arsenal set to miss out on top midfielder as he closes in on new deal

Arsenal hopes of signing James Maddison in the summer appear to be receding.

Arsenal has been dealt a major blow in their bid to sign James Maddison next summer as it is revealed that Leicester City is close to tying him down to a new long term deal.

The midfielder has been one of the best English players in the Premier League this season and he has attracted the attention of England’s top sides.

He joined Leicester City for £23 million from Norwich and has seen his value rise with the likes of Manchester United looking for him.

Mikel Arteta reportedly thinks highly of the midfielder and he has been planning to make a move for him in the summer.

However, Star Sports claims that Leicester City is in talks with the player with the hopes of extending his current deal with them.

Maddison’s current deal runs until 2023 but the Foxes want him to stay longer and will be looking to earn a huge transfer fee when they eventually sell him.

Arsenal will probably be looking to make a marquee signing next summer as Arteta hopes to turn around the clubs fortunes in the league.

The Gunners have been lacking in creativity and a player like Maddison could have solved that problem, however, if he does sign an extended contract he will cost a hell of a lot more money than what the Arsenal board would probably be comfortable with spending.

It looks like Arteta will have very little option but to look elsewhere to solve one of the biggest issues he currently faces.

11 Comments

  1. Shortboygooner says:

    I’d like to see ESR, willock, and Nelson get a run in the middle of the park.

    I hope they can become top talents and fulfil their potential they have shown. I think in the summer we should go for doucoure. He is such a solid player and can play DMF or CM extremely well. He also has a few goals in him here and there something our midfield is lacking.

    I dont think guendozi is fit for arsenal. He is not special at anything I would like to see him replaced by as goal scoring midfielder who is technical as well.

  2. Stewart Macintosh says:

    This was never in the cards – at best it was wishful thinking. Just our relative positions in the table assured that. Leicester is building for a run in Europe, why would he give that up for us? History isn’t enough in this day and age…

  3. Shakir says:

    If we are looking for a 10,for me ESR is good enough.He has great potential and that natural instinct of a 10 than willock or nelson.

    If we are looking for a transfer,i prefer ziyech over maddison anyday.And youri tielaman is much more creative than maddison for me but he is not a 10.

    1. McLovin says:

      Yes, a lot more interesting AND cheaper options to look for:

      Grealish, little cheaper than Maddison no doubt. More so if Villa goes down.

      Ihattaren of PSV, very exciting CAM. Donny van de Beek (Ajax) probably on the move. Jonathan David (Gent), very promising. Ziyech of course, who can play RW and CAM.

  4. McLovin says:

    We should get ourselves a new LW and tie up Milot Rashica from Bundesliga basement boys Werder Bremen, and before fudging August! Scored another great goal yesterday against Dortmund.

  5. Igot350K4doingnothingandyou? says:

    What can we offer him- CL? No, EL? Doubtful. Wages? May not be in near future considering dwindling income as a result of our current position. Future? Not as long as Ozil, Xhaka, Elneny, Mkhitaryan are on our rolls. Coach? He is with Rodgers who I rate more than Mikel, maybe he moves to City or Pool. Arsenal is the finished product as long as we have useless players on our books. The EPL table does not lie.One point separates 10th to 14th. That is the creativity which our marquee player on 350K/week offers our team. That is what our center forward costing us 46.5M offers us (yet some fans were up against Giroud who cost us just 10M). That is what a 72M (although paid in installments) winger offers (in comparison to Iwobi who costed us nothing).That is what we get from a 30M Midfield player when Coqeline was much better.A lot of arm chair pundits bash Kroenkes, but you can see the club splashed money on the wrong targets, reap what you sow, we are reaping 10-14th place for not dumping these useless players earlier.

    1. SueP says:

      The Kroenke clan are not football people so finding the right people to run the day to day business surely becomes more difficult. Fenway have Liverpool people at the top of the organisation and Dalgleish as a non executive director for a start. Abramovitch is another case of being a committed owner Edu arrived at the start of the season so hasn’t had much chance yet to make a difference but the rest are not Arsenal men unless you include coaching. Somebody appointed these people and the buck stops with them.

  6. Grandad says:

    A new LW?In young Saka and Martinelli we have two gems who are entirely comfortable on the LW Why therefore would we consider buying another particularly when we are weak in other areas and, in Pepe, we have a natural left footer who may end up there as he has achieved precious little on the right.

  7. Sue says:

    Oh who cares 😜 I’d rather have Grealish anyway!

  8. Apangu Iddi Amin says:

    All this sounds great but we really need a play maker a goal creator who can also sqore goals

    1. jon fox says:

      But we already have a world class player in OZIL who has won the world cup and who regularly busts a gut for our team and scores plenty and makes loads of assists while constantly bossing midfield. Sorry? What’s that you say? Yes, you are right; the men in white coats are at my door waiting to take me away!

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