Why James Maddison is keen on Arsenal transfer

James Maddison has emerged as Arsenal’s No.1 transfer target (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have made their opening move for Leicester City’s James Maddison with the player keen on a move to the Emirates.

Brendan Rodgers’ side narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification at the end of last season following a final day defeat against Tottenham, which came a week after their FA Cup triumph against Chelsea.

It was, therefore, a bittersweet end to the campaign for the Foxes who were, ultimately, forced to settle for a place in the Europa League after the high of their landmark Wembley triumph.

James Maddison is said to be keen on a move to Arsenal from Leicester (Picture: Getty)

Maddison’s creative talents had been central to another solid campaign for Leicester but his impressive performances failed to convince Gareth Southgate he was worthy of a place in his England squad for the European championships.

According to the Guardian, the 24-year-old believes a move to Arsenal would raise his profile, aid his development and enhance his chances of international recognition.

Leicester, however, will not part with one of their prize assets for anything less than his market value which they believe is around the £60million mark.

Arsenal had been keen to re-sign Martin Odegaard but he appears likely to remain at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Despite establishing themselves as a consistent Premier League force, Leicester have regularly sold their best players, albeit for significant sums, in recent years with Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez all having been granted moves.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, is desperate to add more attacking quality to his squad, despite Emile Smith Rowe having committed his long-term future to his boyhood club by signing a new deal last month.

Arteta had been keen to re-sign Martin Odegaard following his successful six-month loan spell last season, but there remains a significant amount of conjecture surrounding the Norwegian’s future.

The 22-year-old had wanted to fight for his future at Real Madrid but he is increasingly unsure that he has a future under Carlo Ancelotti.

Odegaard remains an option for Arsenal should they be unable to agree a deal with Leicester for Maddison, while Lyon’s Houssem Aouar remains on their radard.

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