There are positive signs in Arsenal’s negotiations for James Maddison, though he’s likely to cost £60m and there’s no breakthrough yet.

James Maddison of Leicester City shows his appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on February 14, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: James Maddison of Leicester City shows his appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on February 14, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

TheAFCBell report that Arsenal have held talks with Leicester City over a number of potential deal combinations for James Maddison, and though there’s no breakthrough yet, there are positive signs.

According to the report, Arsenal first enquired about a £50m transfer, but were told Leicester wanted at least £60m. The Gunners put forward a part-swap involving a player plus cash, but Leicester don’t see that option as realistic.

Instead, it looks like Arsenal will have to pay up the £60m if they want Maddison. On that front, the likely sale of Joe Willock to Newcastle United for £25m looks like a step in the right direction.

Arsenal are expected to step up their efforts for their number one target Maddison in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, Maddison is still playing a key role for his current club, starting in the Community Shield win over Manchester City. Leicester certainly aren’t going to be unhappy if they have to keep a 24-year-old midfielder who directly contributed to 20 goals last season.

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