The transfer window is now entering its final weeks, with Arsenal set to get the 2021-22 Premier League season rolling against newly promoted Brentford on Friday. The Gunners have done some decent business on incoming deals, with the arrivals of left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht followed by that of in-demand defender Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion. Around £75 million has been spent on these three players (£50m on White alone), and further incomings will now depend on whether the club are able to shift some of the players who aren’t considered necessary in Mikel Arteta’s squad for the future.
Arsenal remain firmly interested in signing James Maddison from Leicester City this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The situation is however, not as straightforward as it could have been. The Foxes are apparently just as reluctant to see the attacking midfielder leave the King Power Stadium and will not agree to allow it to happen for anything less than £70 million. For Arsenal, that seems a bit steep at the moment, following the arrival of Ben White for £50m, apart from midfielder Albert Sambi Lonkonga and left-back Nuno Tavares.
It’s been a busy transfer window for Arsenal as the stories about a squad overhaul persist into August, the very month when the Premier League restarts. The club have completed three signings so far, left-back Nuno Tavares, midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and centre-back Ben White, and by all accounts, they’re working on getting a couple more in before they take on newly promoted Brentford in the opening round.
But in order to secure the funds necessary to go through with their plans, they will have to get a few outgoing deals done as well. According to the Express, they’re looking at seven players to help them in that aspect.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are interested in Leicester City’s James Maddison and are monitoring the situation with Martin Odegaard closely as they seek to add an attacking midfielder to their ranks.
In all fairness, it would be difficult to prize Maddison away from the King Power Stadium this summer. For one thing, Leicester will be playing European football during the upcoming season, while Arsenal won’t. For another, the 24-year-old has three years remaining on his contract and the Foxes are certainly in no rush to sell. It is believed that no bid under £70 million for his services would even be considered.