Arsenal have reportedly ended their interest in James Maddison without submitting a bid for the Leicester City man.

Leicester City's James Maddison reacts during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Issue date: Thursday, May 6, 2021. Copyright: Michael Regan
Leicester City’s James Maddison reacts during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Issue date: Thursday, May 6, 2021. Copyright: Michael Regan

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for James Maddison in this window as they look to add a creative midfielder to their ranks.

Leicester have been quite clear throughout, though – if Arsenal want to sign James Maddison, who is said to be keen to join, then they will have to stump up at least £60m.

After playing around for a few weeks and testing the water, The Athletic now report that Arsenal are no longer interested in signing Maddison, with Leicester refusing to move from their £60m valuation.

In addition, they write that Arsenal weren’t even all that serious about signing him in the first place as Martin Odegaard remains their number one choice, while adding it was intermediaries trying to ‘match-make’ Arsenal with Maddison.

Maddison is represented by CAA Base Ltd, who also act as agents for Raphael Varane, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, and former Arsenal youngster, Josh Dasilva, amongst others.

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