Leicester City will surely laugh at this apparent offer for James Maddison. The bid from Arsenal is embarrassingly inadequate.
To begin with, Leicester are very unlikely to be looking to sell one of their prized assets in James Maddison. Even with a few off-pitch discretions and sometimes inconsistent play.
In fact, the growth shown in many areas in the previous campaign by the midfielder was a clear indication that he is developing into one of the Premier League’s most standout playmakers. At one point, prior to bad luck with injuries, ‘Madders’ was a category leader for assists and was also supplying goals from multiple angles.
If the Foxes are open to relinquishing the sure to be recalled England man at some point, then prospective suitors will have to pay a substantial amount to secure him. Arsenal are certainly included amongst those admirers; respected reporters such as Fabrizio Romano previously confirmed the No.10 is toward the top of the Gunners’ transfer wishlist.
Naturally that development, with regard to desperately wanting players – as Arsenal’s fan base definitely seems to – doesn’t necessarily mean the person in question will reciprocate feelings. The London club and player will only court if Maddison fancies a move.
At the moment there is absolutely no indication from the former Norwich City man that he will request a move – it’s actually quite the opposite scenario: Maddison has taken to social media practicing his skills in a Leicester kit on holiday, as well as showing his happiness at returning to pre-season training. In addition, there are said to be three remaining years on his existing LCFC contract.
King Power chiefs are notoriously unwilling to relinquish their prominent stars without a hefty pricetag. Not to mention a reluctance to bow to pressure from rivals and wantaway athletes.
Apparent embarrassing bid for Leicester City star
Daily Mail now suggest the North London side will offer one of two peripheral squad members – Reiss Nelson or Ainsley Maitland-Niles – to the east Midlands team in order to pry Maddison from them. This bid will include, the outlet say, £50million.
They are good players, but not replacements by any stretch of the imagination. Even if they offered both of them along with £60m, the Foxes should decline.
In all honesty, I felt a little sorry for the great fans of the Gunners – some still exist like our friends at Pain in the Arsenal – because they are a historical club with huge, loyal support and deserve their affairs to be run more efficiently.