Houssem Aouar has already hinted at £20m Arsenal transfer as James Maddison is ‘signed’


Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.

James Maddison ‘signed’

football.london understands that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is a big admirer of James Maddison, who scored eight goals and registered five assists in the Premier League last season.

As unlikely as it may seem, the Foxes maestro is among the Spaniard’s summer targets.

However, it is understood that the Foxes turned down an offer for Maddison in the region of £70million last summer, so the Gunners would most likely be forced to sell before launching a formal offer.

But, what if Arsenal managed to sign Maddison in this summer’s transfer window?

And, what kind of impact could he have at the club next season?

To have a bit of fun and try to predict the future, we ‘signed’ Maddison for Arsenal on Football Manager 2021 to see what could happen with him the side.

Click here to find out the impressive results.

Southgate verdict

If the results from the Football Manager simulation weren’t enough to convince Edu to seal a summer deal for Maddison, then perhaps comments from Gareth Southgate will.

“He’s a player of outstanding technical ability. He has an eye for an incisive pass, his set-play delivery is world class – absolutely top,” the England manager said back in November 2019. “With his club now he is in a position as a number eight that he’s really learning more and more about work off the ball.

“His club are pressing in the way we want to press, pretty much. I know [Leicester City boss] Brendan [Rodgers] has a focus on that.



England boss Gareth Southgate. (Image: The Official Pokémon YouTube channel).
England boss Gareth Southgate. (Image: The Official Pokémon YouTube channel).

“In those areas, work off the ball is as important as with it. Especially the higher level of opponents and tighter games.

“He’s developing well and he has a lot to offer us.”

Read more.

The summer window is officially open, and it’s going to be tough to keep up with the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.

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Aouar hint

According to the Sun, Arsenal are ready to reignite their interest in Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

In one of many unresolved sagas involving the Gunners during last summer’s transfer window, the Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium all the way up until deadline day.

However, a deal never materialised as Lyon were demanding £53m for Aouar.



Houssem Aouar was linked with a move to Arsenal last summer. (Image: Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
Houssem Aouar was linked with a move to Arsenal last summer. (Image: Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

It could be all change now as the aforementioned report claims Aouar will cost as little as £20m and that the Gunners are readying a contract worth £100k-a-week to lure the midfielder to the Emirates.

With that said, Aouar has already hinted that he could be on the move this summer.

“This could be (my last match at Lyon), but it could also not be,” he said prior to the final game of the Ligue 1 season last month.

“I do not ask myself these sorts of questions before an important match like this.”





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