A player reportedly sought after by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been described as a “wonderful boy” with the “personality of a big player”, and is always working hard to improve further.
In February, the Gunners were linked with a summer move for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, with Arteta reportedly seeking to bolster his ranks ahead of a possible Premier League top-four push next season.
According to the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old is on Arteta’s wishlist and, should Arsenal be successful in acquiring his services, the player could see the entire Gunners team built around him.
Maddison has been a revelation at Leicester this season, with nine goals and three assists from 35 appearances in all competitions, including six goals and three assists from 28 Premier League games (Transfermarkt).
The England ace joined Leicester in the summer of 2018 from Norwich City for a reported £20million fee (BBC Sport) and has 16 goals and 10 assists from 73 appearances, so it’s little surprise that he has been linked with other clubs.
He’s got a self-belief, but I have to say, he is a wonderful boy,” Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports. “He’s got the personality of a big player, he has that belief.
“I was interested to be able to work with James, I’d seen him from afar as a young player and I’d seen his move from Norwich to Leicester so I was keen to see how he would work close up.
“But this is a boy who loves football. He thinks about the game, he watches the game, he just loves it and he wants to be better.
“He’s been a joy to work with and it’s a joy to see him constantly improving, but there’s no doubt his personality is a big part of what he is.”
Maddison is a player in demand thanks to his exploits for Leicester and England, and would be an asset for any of the Premier League’s top teams, not to mention the kind of marquee signing that would cause a buzz at the Emirates Stadium.
However, given his credentials, he won’t come cheap – indeed, the Daily Star claims he is valued at £80million by the Foxes, but with Arsenal having several assets they could cash in on – for example Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, if he wants to leave – then it’s not impossible.