Arsenal are thought to be considering rivalling Manchester United for Leicester City ace James Maddison, according to The Guardian.
The report claims that the Gunners won’t be entering the race until the summer, with Leicester determined to keep hold of their prized asset this month.
Leicester are currently third in the Premier League but are well on course for a top-four finish. Brendan Rodgers will want to ensure that he squad stays together until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is getting his feet under the table at Arsenal. His team are currently in tenth place and serious work must be done at the Emirates Stadium.
Reviving Arsenal won’t happen overnight and weirdly having a year without European competition might be a positive thing.
The summer transfer window could see Arteta put a real mark on his squad and Maddison would be a tremendous recruit.
Maddison would be a dream signing for the Gunners, although it does seem a bit ambitious.
Leicester could well be in the Champions League by the time the summer comes around, making Arsenal a backwards step.
The 23-year-old is valued at £54 million (Leicester Mercury) and is in decent form this season. He has scored nine goals and registered three assists from a number of midfield positions.
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Arteta might believe that he can still attract the very best players to the Emirates Stadium but he could be in for a shock.
The valuation of £54 million might not sound a lot and Arsenal could probably afford that.
Would Maddison work his backside off to get Leicester into the Champions League this season, however, to then move to a club who potentially won’t be playing in Europe at all?
It would seem extremely unlikely and Arsenal might need to look elsewhere.