Arsenal ready to offer two important players in a deal to sign James Maddison

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Arsenal ready to offer two important players in a deal to sign James Maddison

James Maddison has emerged as a key target for Arsenal (Image: GETTY)

Arsenal They are said to be willing to offer Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as senior leaders in a potential deal to land James Madison.

Arsenal announced the signing of £17m for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lukunga on Monday, but Mikel Arteta is keen to further reinforce this area of ​​the pitch before the transfer window closes.

Martin Odegaard And both Danny Ceballos returned to Real Madrid After bouts of loans in the north London Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are also eyeing the exit door in the Emirates.

There was talk of a chance for Matteo Guendouzi at the heart of Arteta’s midfield, but he also departed to join Marseille on loan last week.

Arsenal are ready to offer Maitland-Niles and Nelson (Picture: GETTY)

England international Madison is understood to be high on Arteta’s short-list of targets, but Leicester’s hefty asking price has proven to be a stumbling block for Arsenal, with £50m unlikely to be enough to strike a deal as is.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal will be willing to drop a minor-team player into the deal this summer, with academy products Nelson and Maitland-Niles available as potential sweeteners.

Nelson made just two substitute appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League last season while Maitland-Niles spent the second half of the season on loan with West Bromwich Albion, who suffered relegation.

The report suggests that Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers could accept such a proposal given that he is looking for a wide striker.

Maddison has appeared at King Power Stadium since arriving from Norwich in 2018, but he struggled with thigh and knee injuries last season and missed Gareth Southgate’s European Championship squad.

The 24-year-old committed his future to the Foxes with a new long-term contract worth £100,000-a-week last summer, which runs until 2024.

Madison is tied to a Leicester deal until 2024 (Image: GETTY)

In the face of speculation, Kevin Campbell has backed Madison to reach the ‘next level’ if he completes his move to Arsenal, but argued that Leicester’s £70m asking price for the England star was ‘crazy money’.

It’s really exciting to hear that it’s standing on our radar. “I love him, and I think he’s a brilliant player,” the former Arsenal striker told Football Insider.

He is still only 24 years old so he is of a good age. He is a talented young player. If he comes to Arsenal, I think he can go to the next level.

The sticking point would be the fees, because I think Leicester is asking for crazy money at the moment.

“I know he is a very good player, but £70m is a lot of money. It will be very interesting to see if Arsenal can lower that price a little bit.

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