Arsenal believe that Leicester City are willing to negotiate a deal for James Maddison with the Daily Mail reporting that the Gunners could use Reiss Nelson or Ainsley Maitland-Niles as part of a swap bid.
Maddison is a key target for Mikel Arteta. Arsenal, of course, look set to be without Martin Odegaard this season after his loan spell last term.
However, the Foxes are not going to let the 24-year-old leave on the cheap. The Daily Mail notes that £50 million would not be enough to sign the England international, who now earns £100,000-a-week.
It has previously been suggested that any admirer may have to be prepared to spend more than £60 million to sign him.
But Arsenal hope to have an ace up their sleeve. According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are prepared to offer a fringe player such as Nelson or Maitland-Niles as part of the deal.
Signing Maitland-Niles – who Arsenal reportedly value at £20 million – may well appeal to Brendan Rodgers. Previous reports claimed that Leicester were likely to be one of the sides keen on the 23-year-old this summer.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail notes that the Foxes do want a wide forward. So Nelson may perhaps tick the box for them.
Crucially, the Mail adds that Arsenal believe that there is a deal to be negotiated.
Brilliant piece of business if Arsenal can do swap deal for Maddison
Neither Nelson or Maitland-Niles has managed to really prove that their long-term future should lie at the Emirates.
Both are huge talents with bright careers ahead. However, they have not been able to really catch Arteta’s eye during his tenure.
So it would be a real coup if either could help Arsenal land Maddison. Getting him for maybe around £50 million with a fringe player moving in the opposite direction could be an amazing piece of business.