According to Sky Sports, Arsenal will have to shell out more than £ 70million to sign the England international.
Maddison has become one of the Premier League’s best creative forces over the past two seasons. The 24-year-old joined Leicester in 2018 after impressive performances for Norwich City in the league.
He has since made a successful transition to top-level football, scoring 27 goals and providing 20 assists in 118 appearances for Leicester in all competitions.
His performances caught the attention of several big European clubs, including Arsenal, in search of an attacking midfielder.
But Leicester are under no pressure to sell and will only listen to offers of over £ 70million for Maddison, who has three years left on his current contract.
James Maddison at Arsenal – A good long-term investment?
Arsenal were sorely lacking in creative options in midfield last season. Martin Odegaard filled the void left by Mesut Ozil’s departure for a small part of the season, but the Norwegian has now returned to Real Madrid after his loan ended. So Arsenal need to strengthen their midfield ranks this summer ahead of a desired top-four push.
The north London club are looking to rebuild their squad around young players like Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney. They have also signed 23-year-old England defender Ben White and 21-year-old Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga. Maddison is 24 and would fit in perfectly.
The England international has great technical ability and vision, and is an accomplished passer. The former Norwich City star enjoys picking up the ball in deep areas, advancing through space and then spotting his attackers. He is able to recycle possession and also split defenses with precision through balls.
Last season, Maddison had an 83.3% success rate. He averaged 1.6 key passes, 0.9 dribbles and 1.1 long balls per game.
He also offers a goal threat. He is excellent in set piece situations and also has the ability to score from long distance. Last season, he attempted 2.4 shots per game.
The England midfielder has also worked on the defensive aspect of his game in recent seasons. He has a great motor and can press high on the court and follow runners. He is also not afraid to take on challenges.
While 70million is definitely higher, the fact that Maddison is from the country and still in his prime means Arsenal shouldn’t hesitate to take a step. But they may have to offload several players, including Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette to release funds first.