Which players should Arsenal swap for James Maddison

Negotiations slowly gaining pace between Arsenal and Leicester for James Maddison


Arsenal have reportedly launched their first official offer for Leicester City’s James Maddison, in the bid to land him this summer.

According to Football.London, the Gunners have offered a player plus cash deal to their Premier League counterparts and hope to conclude a deal this month.


Arsenal’s interest in the Englishman is not a secret, and they believe he is better suited to their plans than Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard.

Although reports have emerged in Spain that the Norwegian would be keen on a permanent move to the Emirates Stadium, the London club are believed to have made Maddison a more important target.

The former Norwich City star has been a standout player at the King Power Stadium, since making a £22m switch in 2018.


The midfielder has 47 goal involvements in 118 appearances for the Foxes, which roughly comes out to be one goal involvement per 2.5 matches.

Emile Smith Rowe, who was exceptional in his breakthrough season with the North London outfit, had a figure of one goal involvement every three games.


Put both of them together in the same team, and Arsenal forwards will no longer have to feed on scraps.


The report further suggested that Maddison is “at the top of the transfer list” at the Emirates this summer.

The player is also believed to be “keen” on a move to four-time Premier League and 14-time FA Cup winners.

It is still unknown as to which Arsenal player has been offered as a makeweight. Brendan Rodgers have thrown admiring glances at Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock but have not made any official offer for any player.

While the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson are also believed to be on the market.


The Gunners are unwilling to pay a fee upwards of £60m and consequently will hope that Leicester accept their approach of a player plus cash deal.


As soon as the news came out, there was a feeling of excitement on Twitter. Many fans pointed out how the club still haven’t lost their “appeal” despite not qualifying for continental football this summer.

While others said that Leicester should be keeping a close eye on Maitland-Niles’ penalty compilations on YouTube, which according to Arsenal fans, is one of the most satisfying things there ever has been.

Have a look yourself…..

Yash Bisht

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  1. Shortboygooner says:

    I feel like my order of preference is

    Nketia – not good enough
    Ainsley – squad player
    Nelson – needs prem football
    Willock – absolute gem should be his roll

    I love all the boys but this is my honest assessment

  2. 03 gooner says:

    Not convinced by these maddison rumours and give it a 1% chance of happening! I would prefer we go to city(if they secure grealish) and ask them about a potential deal to sign bernardo silva which I think can be worked out especially with mikel’s good relationship with them. Or like ozzie gunner says approach lyon for aouar +guimeraes for a combined €65m, add a rb-Aarons and gk-johnstone then we can attack this season head on.

  3. fairfan says:

    Apparently Leicester want 50 mill and Saka.

    1. CERRY SASAKA says:


    2. Onyango says:

      fairfan lol Saka is at the very least equal to Madison in valuation at the moment

    3. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

      not a very savvy troll-bait maneuver FF, but you might have caught considerably more fish if you had said Marts or Tierney…learn how to read a room

  4. jon fox says:

    Like 03 gooner , I also give this MADDISON chase,(even IF its true, which is not a given as yet) a tiny chance of success.

    I simply do not agree that a shrewd manager like Rodgers will want our cast offs and will say “take a hike”, as any sane person would when offered sub standard goods.
    Leicester has no need to sell its better players as would be the case and all round it just does not have the ring of truth.

    I pray I am wrong, as I really RATE MADDISON!


    1. VasC says:

      Theoretically, what would be your best starting XI this season if we bring in Maddison (theoretically speaking), Don jon fox? Would be a bonus, if you can add the list for the bench too.

      1. jon fox says:

        Don Vas C, I am not one who is addicted, as some are , to giving out my so called “best starting eleven”, esp as football is primarily a squad game and long ago ceased(in the days before subs) to be all about which eleven started.

        But I do know one thing; I WOULD NOT HAVE XHAKA OR BELLERIN anywhere near the club, let alone the squad or team, were things up to me.

        PLUS I SEE NO POINT IN INCLUDING THEORETICAL PLAYERS IN MY WISH LIST, since , as I am tired of having to repeat, I remain a realist, not a fantasist or dreamer.

        That OK for you then “Don”?

        1. VasC says:

          I thought you might have a specific reason to consider Maddison “Your (theoretical) first choice” this summer besides him being English and PL proven at LCFC. Maybe you have a vision/role for Maddison in our stating XI among our existing squad. That’s what intrigues me. Just wish to learn from someone who has been into the game for almost seven decades.

          I too try to remain a realist and don’t think a deal for Maddison will happen unless some miracle happen between now and the end of the transfer window. We’re born with the gift to dream and there’s no harm in dreaming about something positive. Wonder whats your dream for us with Maddison in our stating XI is. That’s all.

  5. Tom k says:

    It’s not going to happen I l keep saying we or not signing anyone now if we do it’s a GK that’s it

  6. A J says:

    It seems they may be interested in AMN.

    Very good move for Ainsley – if fact I would say still punching above his weight.

    But Rodgers may squeeze something out of him that 3 successive managers could not at our place (plus an underwhelming Albion loan).

    But the silly season is still in full swing, who really knows fact from fiction ?

    Whilst on, I’m still wondering about Freddie Woodman at Newcastle.

    If Willock is on his way, could Woodman business not be negotiated ?

    O.K. we need hard cash, but surely a keeper is now critical.

    Very good young English keeper, would seem ideal to tuck in behind Leno but also good enough to take the role if the opportunity came to him.

    The things is – how good is his distribution from the deck which is vital under M A ?

    1. VasC says:

      LCFC may be interested in AMN. But, they can buy him outright (from the additional revenue from playing in Europe this season) instead of parting with a player whose best years are yet to come.

      1. A J says:


        Agreed – just keeping in line with the article’s heading.

  7. Mogga Emmanuel Silvano says:

    My ample advise is lets storm emirates next week on friday against Brenford and demand the Kroenkes out. This drama is too much!! You can’t b better than chelsea, spurs, liverpool etc in the bank and spend less than 100m in the market. DANIEL EK Came and is the guy who listens to our demands but the kroenkes shamelessly refused. So what next?? Get madisson, lautaro martinez and new goal keeper this year ony. If arteta cannot deliver after buying all those, then sack him. Truth is always bitter. Moggan ug

  8. gunner1578 says:

    The links to maddison are far fetched only for the reason that leicester have been consistently better and settled under Rodgers over the last two seasons, and Maddison is one of their premier players with massive contributions,,, I know maddison may be interested in joining us but leicester wont sell unless they buy a replacement that will give them a chance of finishing in the european places ahead of us… So only 20 odd days to go before the transfer window closes, this deal looks to be off already in my view…..

    I think we should be realistic and buy the best creative midfielder available in our budget and move quick,,, creativity will be a big issue going into the next season (Besides the screwed up gk situation)… We missed the Buendia train already, odegaard is seemingly available for lesser money but he is not a proven player,

    Again, we have some good business but we ve failed to address the most serious issue from last season and with only 09 days to go before the season starts, Question marks should be raised on Edu and arteta for not buying a RB, a backup GK (Which they fd up when they sold Martinez and bought Runarrson, and even couldnt convince Matt ryan to join on loan or permanent, and for some reason are not interested in ONANA) and a CAM.
    So fingers crossed going into the new season with the same old problems .

    1. Grandad says:

      We already have three right backs two of whom are in the unsellable category, so why on earth would you question our Management team for not buying another?I would rather have ESR than Buendia and Maddison is a cut above the Argentine I do however share your views on the goalkeeper front, and cannot understand why we did not sign Ryan who is a very decent stopper.

      1. VasC says:

        Maybe Ryan wanted assurances from MA about him being the No 1 this season at Arsenal, a la Emi???

  9. Johnze says:

    Why not offering Aubameyang ? Super great CF to pair with vardy or others. Pkus it would save us something like 15m on wages this year.

  10. Johnze says:

    Willian ? A very experienced players. I am sure it would be very appreciated at leicester to get such an experienced player that knows how to win.

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