Leicester reject Arsenal’s player-plus-cash offer for Maddison

Arsenal are claimed to have made an offer to sign James Maddison from Leicester City this summer, but it has been rejected.

It was reported yesterday that we had made contact over the potential signing of the England midfielder, with the intention of offering players to counterweight their asking price.

The Football Insider now claims that the Foxes have rejected our opening offer which included Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, with the club uninterested in either of those players.

With Leicester rating the 24 year-old highly, and are in want of £70 Million in order to part ways with their star, and while the Gunners remain interested despite the asking price, they wish to offset some of that fee.

It remains to be seen whether Leicester will have their own Arsenal players in mind that they would consider including in such a deal, but Brendan Rodgers recently claimed that his club had no need to sell this summer, but you would imagine that they would consider most potential sales for the right price.

Leicester recently signed Patson Daka to bring competition to both Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho up front, which will likely block Eddie Nketiah being included as part of the deal, but I could imagine Joe Willock coming into the equation.


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    1. @Durand, Xhaka? Plus cash? At this time when we have Partey out? Some of us will make worse coach 10x more than Arteta.

  1. Willock? I’ve read that Newcastle have agreed to pay the 21M that Arsenal are asking for Willock rumours again I guess.

  2. From 20+ million quids to a bargaining chip???

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Willock turns out to be a bench-warmer at Arsenal this season.

    1. Is that because 95% of the rumors are literally just made up? people just love to get themselves at it. I think we are up to 100+ players coming in this window and leaving now. No negotiations or speaking to clubs and planning for what is possible. Just signing all of them and selling all the others, no problem. Just like real life.

  3. James Maddisson deal makes no sense. 70m pounds on an injury prone player when you can can Aouar for less.

    I would rather get Aouar(30m pounds) and Bernardo Silva(45m pounds). The only issue is the wages for the 2 players. We can get off Kolasinac and Bellerin off the wage bill to accomodate Bernardo Silva and Aouar.

    1. And when not playing football manager, the real word required real negotiations that are in progress on a number of players that are not managed by the tabloid headlines.

      1. I get your point Jaymee.

        But I think the best way towards the top for a team that finished 8th last season is to make top signings asap.

        We need creativity in midfield. Identity your target and buy them. Let us not kid ourselves, Leicester City won’t sell Maddison for anything less than 60m pounds. He is also injury prone.
        Another club might come in for Aouar and we eventually miss out on Maddisson.

        I don’t trust Arteta’s judgement at all.

        Other clubs are signing players.

        It is not rocket science. If we start the season with this current crop of players, we won’t make top 4.

        1. Stop lying please. Maddison is not injury prone. This is a player who has managed over 30 EPL matches each season for Leicester city since he signed for them.

    2. @Skills1000
      I read somewhere that Fernabache was interested in both ‘Street-fighter’ Kolasinac and Cedric ‘Squad-player’ to improve their fullback positions.

      I agree with you about opting for ‘Bunny’ Silva and ‘Hopeful’ Aouar instead.

    3. Skills1000, exactly right, particularly when Arsenal can negotiate a package deal for Houssem Aouar and Bruno Guimaraes from cash strapped Lyon with change left over for Onana (back up goalkeeper) for the price of James Maddison.

  4. What a surprise, I thought Leicester would jump at the chance to take some Rejects from a club below them in the league in return for one of their contracted most creative talents. What is the world coming to ?

  5. An injury player that still outscored and assist both our wingers and our strikers last season, let’s stop pretending like we don’t need Madison we do, why do we always attack all our Target wen he comes to money, if maddison was on our team we will sell him for 150m , if we don’t get maddison same people will call for the head of edu n arteta money need to be spend on first team players and that’s what we have been missing for a very long time, this is premiership who ever they bring outside the league will struggle in our midfield we need someone that can command the midfield n make it his own, to be truly sincere maddison thick all the boxes cus he scores, assist, defend n let’s not forget he’s also good at setpaces

    1. It is not all cases that a new player struggles in the Premier league. There are exceptions.
      I would prefer Aouar over Maddisson.
      I would even rate Nabil Fekir and Asensio ahead of Maddison.

      We need more creativity in midfield. We also need goals.
      Maddisson is a quality player. But Leicester City is a difficult team to do business with. They buy cheap and sell high. There is a sell on clause on James Maddison . Leicester will pay Norwich City some amount if they decide to sell Maddisson.

      I would rather offer 300K per week and 60m pounds offer to Man City for Raheem Sterling.

      1. And Arsenal strengthen Leicester City by overpaying a club they are trying to compete with.

  6. @frankworthy u can’t understand cus u are not a player, it’s not about the player it’s about the club u r inspired to play for, the Arsenal fanbase is worldwide leicester is just leicester city that’s the difference

    1. That just happened to win the league a few season back and the cup this season.They have an enlightened owner and a first class manger.
      Why would Madison need or even want to come to Arsenal he is more likely to realise his ambitions where he is.

      1. PatH, the only reason would be to double his wages and be in London to play up. All Arsenal needs another mercanary!

  7. By now the Arsenal board should be taken aback and think beyond the horizon!
    Leichester City is known for blocking all our moves for their players and selling them to other clubs. They have denied us signing the likes of
    1. Ryan Marez (sold him to Man City)
    2. N’golo Kante (Sold him to our rival Chelsea)
    3. Jimmy Vardy (Forced him to renew his contract)
    4. Wilfred Ndidi (Remained at the club)
    Now it is James Maddison and Arsenal thinks they can get him? Even if we give them all our players plus cash for any of their star players, they will not sell to us. They will prefer he goes to another club.
    Therefore, let Arsenal spend the money on other options like:
    1. Houssam Aouar (Lyon)
    2. Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid)
    3. Yves Bissouma (Bring him in defensive and move Granit Xhaka to number 10 that he is on his Country or play our number 10 Emile Smith-Rowe in that position) and stop wasting time on hard to get players. We are running out of time in this transfer window. No time to link; it’s time for action.

    1. 👍 Or Houssem Aouar and Bruno Guimaraes, both from Lyon and “kill two birds with one £70 million stone”, with change left over for back up goal keeper Onana.

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