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Arsenal step up James Maddison transfer offer and could offer Leicester Reiss Nelson or Ainsley Maitland-Niles to soften deal


Arsenal could offer Leicester two fringe players in a bid to sign James Maddison, according to reports.

The Gunners are closely linked with the England playmaker, who only signed a new four-year contract with the Foxes last summer.

Maddison is a ‘key’ target for Arsenal this summer
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Arsenal are in desperate need of a creative midfielder following Martin Odegaard’s return to Real Madrid.

The Norwegian played on loan with Mikel Arteta’s side last season but will now aim to find his way into a Los Blancos side looking to win a Spanish title in the upcoming campaign.

The Mail claim Maddison is a ‘key’ transfer target for Arsenal, who will have to pay more than £ 50million to have any hope of landing him.

The report adds that the Gunners could offer Reiss Nelson or Ainsley Maitland-Niles to the Foxes to soften the deal.

Nelson, who has only a year left on his contract, made just nine appearances for Arsenal last season, while Maitland-Niles, a target for Leicester in January, suffered relegation with West Brom in the ‘a loan period.

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Arsenal step up James Maddison transfer offer and could offer Leicester Reiss Nelson or Ainsley Maitland-Niles to soften deal
Maitland-Niles (left) and Nelson (right) struggled to play consistently under Arteta at Arsenal
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Maddison has been tipped to make the England squad for their March friendlies after great form.

However, a premature hip injury kept him from happening as he subsequently failed to score or assist in his last 10 games of the season as he returned to form.

He was also left out of the starting XI in Leicester’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea, but he came off the bench in the second half.

Arsenal are looking to improve on their disappointing eighth place last season, with Arteta already bringing two new faces.

Left-back Nuno Tavares has been signed for £ 8million from Benfica and Belgian prodigy Albert Sambi Lokonga has arrived in a £ 15million contract from Anderlecht.

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