Arsenal make first James Maddison transfer move as Edu opens negotiations for £60m star – Football.London

Arsenal and another London club have proposed a player plus cash deal for Leicester midfielder James Maddison, football.london understands.

football.london revealed last month that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is an admirer of Maddison and will target him this summer, with Martin Odegaard looking increasingly likely to stay at Real Madrid after returning from his loan spell at Emirates Stadium.

A source close to Maddison told football.london that the 24-year-old is ‘at the top of the list’ for Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

The major sticking point for Arsenal however, is Leicester’s demands of over £60million for the former Norwich and Coventry midfielder.

However, it’s understood that the Gunners have sounded out the possibility of signing Maddison by offering a player in the deal via intermediaries to make the transfer fee more viable.

Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah are among the players available for transfer this summer, although it is not confirmed who has been offered as the makeweight.

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