Arsenal's bid to sign £60m-rated star James Maddison is 'OVER'

Arsenal's bid to sign £60m-rated star James Maddison is 'OVER'

Arsenal's pursuit of James Maddison is reportedly dead in the water, with the Gunners not seriously chasing the Leicester City star this summer.

The Gunners are in the market for a creative midfielder this window, with Martin Odegaard's return to Real Madrid following his loan spell leaving Mikel Arteta short of options.

Maddison has been strongly linked with a £60million move to the Emirates Stadium, although Brendan Rodgers has long maintained that the Foxes have not received any offers for their star man.

And according to The Athletic, Arsenal are not seriously pursuing the Englishman this summer.

The outlet reports that intermediaries are attempting to 'match-make' Arsenal with Maddison, given the club's obvious need for a creative midfielder.

However, the finances behind the deal prove problematic for the Gunners. Maddison would expect an upgrade on his current £110,000-per-week wage at Leicester while the Foxes would demand a big fee for the midfielder.

Despite rumours linking him with a Big Six club, Rodgers insists that Maddison is 'very happy' at Leicester as the Foxes boss attempted to play down the links.

‘I know he is very happy here and he wants to be here. If anything comes to the club, Jon Rudkin (director of football) would tell me straightaway and I would deal with it then, but there has been nothing that’s come my way,' he said.

'I’ve not been told anything to say [he won’t stay]. He is happy in training and he is working hard, and he is a talented, important member of the squad.

‘He had his season disrupted by injury last year but hopefully this season he can show what a real top player he is.’

Other than Maddison, Arsenal have been heavily linked with swoops for Odegaard and Lyon's Houssem Aouar.

Arteta is keen on bringing the Norwegian back to North London, but is waiting on Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti to make a decision on the youngster's Los Blancos future.

Aouar was a top target for the Gunners last summer, but club chiefs failed to thrash out a deal with the French side for their star man.
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