Transfer insider Dean Jones has been discussing the latest when it comes to James Maddison and a potential move from Leicester City.
Maddison has been a creative spark since moving to the King Power Stadium, creating 20 goals on top of the 27 he has bagged for himself, and that form has drawn the attention of Arsenal as they look to bring in some of the creativity that was sorely missing from their side last season.
A recent report from Football.london has claimed that Arsenal and ‘another London club’ have both proposed player-plus-cash deals to try and lure him away from the King Power Stadium, but speaking about the matter on The Football Terrace’s The Done Deal Show, Jones doesn’t think that any deal will happen this summer because the Foxes have valued him far too high to be prised away:
“Maddison’s one of the guys that they’re looking potentially to get in there. I mean, their problem and one of the reasons I’ve played it down on here is that Leicester are quite simply just trying to price him out of the move.
“They don’t think that Arsenal will pay £70m for him. I think Maddison has been waiting as well to see if anything else came through, any other offers – there hasn’t been anything else so far, as far as I know.
“So we’ll have to see what Arsenal can do there. It’s a lot of money, £70m on James Maddison.”
TIF Thoughts on Dean Jones’ comments about James Maddison and Leicester City…
Would a move to Arsenal be a backward step in James Maddison's career?
It’s a pretty sound strategy from the Foxes, as they don’t really have any great need to sell anyone this summer, because it’s not as if they are going through a total rebuild of the squad.
Most of the business so far has surrounded players coming into the club rather than leaving as they look to strengthen ahead of another season in Europe, whilst also hoping to not have a repeat of the past two seasons where they have fallen short of the Champions League twice.
So keeping hold of someone important to them like Maddison, who led them in assists last season, will be vitally important for them moving forward. Therefore, making it as difficult as possible to try and ward off any realistic interest from other clubs might be the best way of doing that.