Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has urged the Gunners to drive down Leicester City’s present asking value for James Maddison as he believes their valuation is ‘loopy cash’. The membership have been strongly linked with a swoop for the England worldwide all summer time amid Mikel Arteta’s seek for a artistic midfielder to add to his squad following the departure of loanee Martin Odegaard. soccer.london understands that the Spaniard is a large admirer of Maddison however up to now a transfer has failed to come to fruition, primarily as a result of the Foxes’ asking value is proving to be an enormous hurdle for Arsenal at this current time – particularly contemplating they’re not in Europe.
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With that in thoughts, Campbell believes Arsenal ought to go in for Maddison, however they mustn’t give in to Leicester’s large calls for. “It’s actually thrilling to hear he’s on our radar. I like him, I feel he is a superb participant,” Campbell told Football Insider, by way of the Metro. “He continues to be simply 24 so he is an effective age. He is a younger, proficient participant. If he comes to Arsenal I consider he can go to that subsequent degree. “The sticking level would be the charge, although, as a result of I consider Leicester are asking for loopy cash for the time being. I do know he’s an excellent participant however £70million quid is some huge cash. It will probably be fascinating to see if Arsenal can get that value down a bit.” Nevertheless, the excellent news for the Gunners is that Leicester are adamant about holding maintain of Youri Tielemans, that means they may be extra inclined to let Maddison – their different star midfield participant – go. According to the Telegraph, the Foxes are set to reopen contract talks with the Belgian on the King Power stadium regardless of latest curiosity from Liverpool.
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In earlier seasons, the Foxes have been shrewd within the transfer market and have bought a key participant each summer time since they lifted the Premier League in 2016. Major gross sales embody N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell. That pattern could possibly be set to proceed with the sale of Maddison, but when earlier enterprise is something to go by, Arsenal are going to have to dig very deep into their pockets if they want to signal the 24-yr-outdated. Do you need an unique pre-season Arsenal preview – each in your inbox and thru your letterbox? Head over right here to discover out extra and safe your copy!