Arsenal not actively pursuing deal for James Maddison


Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Leicester City’s attacking midfielder James Maddison this summer.

The Gunners are looking to bolster their midfield, with Mikel Arteta planning to add more creativity in the middle of the park.

According to The Athletic, Maddison is being well appreciated by his admirers at the Emirates Stadium, but Arsenal are not actively pursuing a deal.

The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the finest attacking midfielders in the country since joining the Foxes from Norwich City.

He has progressed immensely under Brendan Rodgers, and Arsenal would have to pay more than £60 million if they are serious about landing him.

Maddison has three years left on a £110,000-a-week deal. Manchester United are among a host of top European clubs who have shown interest in the player in the past couple of years.

Arsenal’s transfer window synopsis

The Gunners have made a breakthrough in the deal to sign Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion, and he will now undergo his medical before completing a £50m transfer.

The north London club are also close to signing Albert Sambi Lokonga, while they are looking to add one or two more midfielders.

Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli has been targeted, but Arsenal face strong competition from Juventus.

Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves is also another reported target.

The Gunners have also revived their interest in Houssem Aouar, but they are expected to face competition from Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Read: Inter Milan interested in signing Hector Bellerin.

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