Journalist John Cross has recently talked about Arsenal’s interest in signing Leicester City star James Maddison.
The Gunners have been linked with a summer move for Maddison, with Martin Odegaard looking unlikely to return to the club following his loan spell. It has been suggested that while Leicester want a fee of £60million to sell Maddison, Arsenal could offer Joe Willock as part of the deal.
Cross appeared on the latest episode of the Leicester City Football Forum podcast and was asked about Arsenal’s interest in Maddison. Cross stated that Arsenal do have an admiration for the Englishman, but it would be a ‘fantasy move’ from the Gunners.
Would you like Arsenal to spend big on Maddison?
The journalist claimed that Leicester are in position to keep the midfielder at the club. He said: “Someone mentioned to me that basically that there was an admiration for Maddison. It was one of those where it’d fall under ‘oh, that will never happen’.
“I’d still suggest that it’d be a fantasy move in terms of the money involved, in terms of could they tempt the player. Because Leicester are very well positioned now.”
TIF Thoughts on Maddison to Arsenal…
Maddison has picked up an average season rating of at least 7/10 over the last three seasons in the Premier League (as per WhoScored). He has also regularly contributed to goals, being well-involved in both scoring and assisting departments since sealing his switch to Leicester in 2018.
Having said that, his fitness and injury record has been concerning over the last couple of campaigns. He regularly faced knee issues in the 2020/21 season in particular.
So even though Maddison is a good player who contributes to goals often, spending big money on him may be a big risk because of the injuries he has suffered in recent times.