Arsenal’s £25m James Maddison backup told he ‘can leave’ this summer amid transfer links

Arsenal are desperate to bring in an attacking midfielder this summer in a bid to create more chances next season.

The Gunners struggled to unlock low-blocks last term, with no Arsenal player managing to register more than 38 key passes across the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, almost 60 less than Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, who lead the league in that category.

Therefore, as revealed by back in June, chief executive Edu has identified Leicester City’s James Maddison as his ‘number one’ target to fill the attacking midfielder role at the Emirates, with the 24-year-old managing to notch 52 key passes last term despite missing several games through injury problems. understands that the Brazilian has offered four players in a player-plus-cash deal for the former Norwich City star, with Hale End graduates Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah all discussed as potential makeweights in the deal.

However, it appears that the Foxes are not interested in taking any of Arsenal‘s players, and would prefer a cash-only deal for the Englishman, who is open to moving to the Emirates Stadium this month.

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The East Midlands club are reportedly holding out for a fee in excess of £60million for Maddison, which could be too much for the Gunners given they have already spent almost £80million to bring Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares to north London.

Former loanee Martin Odegaard, who Real Madrid have reportedly placed a £42.5million price tag on, has been discussed as a viable option but Arsenal could instead opt to go for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar considering the French outfit are likely to accept an offer just north of £20million.

In fact, the French club’s new boss Peter Bosz has claimed that the 23-year-old “can leave” this month if a suitable bid is lodged.

“Aouar? He can leave, this is modern football. Up until the last moment, he can leave,” Bosz told French outlet

Aouar averaged a whopping 4.65 shot-creating actions per game last term, considerably more than any Arsenal player managed across the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.

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