Arsenal were heavily linked with a summer deal for James Maddison, but instead chose to sign Martin Odegaard as Leicester City demanded a high fee for their top player.
The future of Leicester City’s James Maddison was a hot topic during Arsenal’s summer transfer season.
The 24-year-old Foxes midfielder has less than three years left on his current deal at the King Power Stadium, and the Gunners were keen to sign him.
In the summer, football.london reported that Leicester wanted at least £60 million for Maddison, which proved to be a big stumbling block in talks over the England international.
Instead of continuing to negotiate a lower price for Maddison, Arsenal went out and signed former loanee Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis for roughly £30 million, less than half of what Leicester sought.
Former Leicester player Steve Howey has said that if Arsenal had made such an offer for Maddison, his previous club would have accepted it without hesitation.
“I think Leicester would have happily accepted the money,” Howey said, “but that deal is dead now, with Odegaard coming in.”
“Brendan Rodgers, in my opinion, should bring him in and tell him, ‘Listen, that offer is gone, concentrate.'”
If you want to go abroad and give the same performances that got you famous in the first place, you won’t have any problems, and if you want to go and we can get you big money, that’s fantastic.
“However, if you have them perform and you are pleased, we will offer you a contract.”
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers indicated last month that he expects Maddison to have a big season after the Foxes were able to maintain hold of the England midfielder.
Rodgers remarked in late August, “It’s been unfortunate for James; he’s suffered from a lot of ailments that have slowed his progress.”
“Trying to maintain that fitness will be a big year for him this year.” You’ll also need a little luck with it.
“However, you saw how diligently he works for the team.” You can see his talent and how he handles the ball, as well as his keen eye for the final pass. He has a fantastic talent. All he can do now is play regularly at the highest level for Leicester and see where it leads him.”