Manchester United icon Roy Keane has sent Arsenal target James Maddison a stern transfer warning amid reported Gunners talks.
Maddison, 24, played 71 minutes in Leicester City’s 1-0 win over Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield.
football.london understands that talks between Leicester and Arsenal are progressing at a slow rate, with Brendan Rodgers’ side demanding around £60million in cash only to consider a potential departure for the Englishman.
Edu and co. have so far offered four fringe players to help try and sweeten the deal, but a negative response has led to only one solution that could unlock negotiations – money.
Amid all the Maddison to Arsenal talks that are circulating around social media, Keane has alerted the attacking midfielder not to take a ‘backwards step’ in his career by making the move to north London.
The topic of the 24-year-old’s future was brought to the fore on ITV’s coverage of Saturday’s Community Shield curtain-raiser, with the Irishman not understanding the reasoning behind a potential move away for Leicester’s number 10.
Keane said prior to kick-off: “Arsenal are a huge club, but at this moment in time I don’t think it’s a step up for him to leave Leicester, where they are, to go to Arsenal.”
When asked if he thinks it’s a sideways step, Keane replied: “Probably backwards, at this moment in time.
“Arsenal are a huge club, but where Leicester are at the moment, trying to challenge for Champions League.
“They’re winning, they won a trophy last year, Arsenal are short.”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright countered his fellow pundit’s viewpoint by saying: “Arsenal will be up there, the fact Arsenal are a team that are still trying to build and be where they want to be, players like Maddison is the kind of player Arsenal need to bring him back there.”
Former Foxes striker Emile Heskey then responded to Wright by replying: “Who holds all the cards? It’s Leicester. They don’t need to sell, you have to put on the table a good offer.”
To end the ITV debate off before the game got underway, Keane tried to reason with Maddison on why he may fancy a new club this summer but also mentioned current striker Jamie Vardy is his explanation.
Keane said: “Maybe he might just fancy a bit of change, maybe just fancy a bit of London? I don’t know. It’s a difficult one, Vardy had an opportunity to go to Arsenal he turned it down.
“He got big money, turned it down, he got big money at Leicester let’s not kid ourselves.
“But Leicester, the group of players they have. They’ve got a new training ground. If he’s leaving Leicester, I don’t think Arsenal is the right option, if I was him I’d sit tight.”