An Arsenal transfer broker has begun to test the heart of Leicester City in a round of back-channel talks about a possible deal to sign James Maddison. The feeling in the club camp is that Madison is not an untouchable or unsellable player, but rather a window of hope if the price is right.
Arsenal have made their own investigations regarding the player’s injury history and records and the suitability of signing him under these circumstances and still have a serious interest in Madison but it is understood that the two clubs are far from being evaluated at the moment.
It is understood that one of the reasons for the valuation gap between the two clubs is that Norwich City included a clause in the sale of Madison to Leicester City that would entitle them to a percentage of the profits of any future sale. Sources close to Norwich did not disclose the exact figure, but claim that the percentage due is between 10% and 15%.
Arsenal is open to negotiating with Leicester City and reaching a compromise regarding the price of the deal to suit all parties, but if Leicester insist on an astronomical amount, the club will turn to other options on its list. Martin Odegaard, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid, could be a welcome alternative if Plan A doesn’t work
Senior sources and very close to the negotiating table confirm that the decisive factor in the James Madison deal is not Arsenal’s ability to provide the value of the deal, but the essence of the matter is that the club wants to do more work in this window and will not overspend madly on one deal, and there are other centers that it wants to support.
This is not the end in the James Madison deal to Arsenal and it is not dead, but at the same time it is not close or decided. The club is working behind the scenes silently. Arsenal are hopeful a deal could be reached before the end of the transfer window for the former Norwich man.
Arsenal have been quite busy in the transfer market thus far, signing Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares and are still in the market for a creative midfielder and possibly, a box to box midfield player, depending on departures of other first team players, like Granit Xhaka, who is heavily AS Roma.