Arsenal are in the midst of a huge squad overhaul as Edu attempts to freshen up an underperforming squad.
football.london reported back in May that the Brazilian wanted to sign at least five players in this transfer window and Arsenal have already added Nuno Tavares, Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga to their ranks in recent weeks.
The Gunners aren’t done there as they are also keen on signing a goalkeeper to challenge current no.1 Bernd Leno, as well as an attacking midfielder to help ease the creative burden on youngster Emile Smith-Rowe.
football.london understands that Leicester City’s James Maddison is ‘at the top of the list’ for the latter position and the 24-year-old is thought to be keen on a move to the Emirates Stadium despite Arsenal having no European football next term.
However, the Foxes’ want in excess of £60million for the silky playmaker, meaning the Gunners need to raise funds through sales to afford the west Midland club’s asking price, with the likes of Lucas Torreira, Willian and Alexandre Lacazette all surplus to requirements at the north London club, according to some reports.
Another name that who been linked with an exit is Hale End graduate Joe Willock, who spent the second half of last season on loan with Newcastle United where he notched an impressive eight goals in 14 league games.
The Magpies have made it no secret of their desire to bring the 21-year-old back to St James’ Park this summer and football.london understands that the two clubs have agreed on a fee that could rise to £25million if certain add-ons are met, with a sell-on clause also to be inserted into the deal.
The England under-21 international was absent from the Arsenal squad that faced Spurs in their pre-season friendly on Sunday afternoon, a game that they eventually lost 1-0 courtesy of a Son Heung-min goal in the final 15 minutes.
Arsenal fans then gathered on social media to voice their opinions on the news, with several fans calling for the club to use the money to fund a bid for Maddison. here is how a select few reacted on Twitter to the news.
@ltarsenal: :”We should get at least £30m for Joe Willock but that’s just me. Absolutely no excuses now, we have to meet Leicester City’s demands and sign James Maddison.”
@_DavidKofi: Hold up. Willock going?? The guy who can actually bang goals from midfield.”
@rehnato: “hopefully there’s a buy back clause on it.”
@3LPEPITO: “40m for iwobi and 20 for willock? make it make sense.”
@AFCAMDEN: “Sad to see him go – definitely a player in there and think he will become a good quality premier league midfielder. Right thing from Arsenal – need to sell well to fund the #madness.”
The Gunners have been notorious for receiving what have been perceived as low sums of money when they sell young stars, with the likes of German winger Serge Gnabry and Dutch forward Donyell Malen both departing the north London club for measly sums in years gone by.