• September 28, 2021

Exclusive: Arsenal targeting transfer for £70million-rated Leicester ace James Maddison but Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard also being considered

 Exclusive: Arsenal targeting transfer for £70million-rated Leicester ace James Maddison but Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard also being considered


Arsenal are interested in James Maddison but are still keeping tabs on Martin Odegaard at Real Madrid as a possible alternative.

The Foxes signed the playmaker from Norwich City for £20million three years ago and he has dazzled at King Power, scoring 27 goals in 116 appearances for the club.

Maddison is reportedly a transfer target for Arsenal but he will cost a pretty penny

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Maddison is reportedly a transfer target for Arsenal but he will cost a pretty penny

According to Sky Sports, the 24-year-old is valued at an eye-watering £70million by the Leicester hierarchy, with three years remaining on his deal and no pressure on the Foxes to part ways with their player.

The price is a high one as it is understood Leicester will have to pay between 10 or 15 per cent of the fee to Norwich as part of a sell-on clause inserted by the Canaries in 2018.

Such a fee could prove to be a stumbling block for Arsenal, who are expected to complete a £50m deal to sign Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion imminently and have already splashed £15m, plus add-ons, on Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Nuno Tavares has also joined from Benfica for an £8m fee, meaning approximately £75m has already been spent on players this summer.

Arsenal failed in their bid to keep Odegaard on a permanent basis but they could reignite the pursuit

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Arsenal failed in their bid to keep Odegaard on a permanent basis but they could reignite the pursuit

Real Madrid ace Odegaard, who flourished on loan at the Emirates after joining in January, is also being eyed as a potential alternative.

Los Blancos will still demand a sizeable fee for a player once considered one of the most exciting prospects in Europe.

As a result, the Gunners may still need to offload certain first-team players, with Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin in talks to join Roma and Inter Milan respectively.

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