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Arsenal transfer news – Gunners favourites to sign Leicester star James Maddison after player-plus-cash ‘proposal’

ARSENAL are the standout contenders to sign Leicester star James Maddison.

That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've installed the Gunners as 2/5 odds-on favourites to clinch his signature this summer.

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Arsenal are looking to transform their ranks having failed to qualify for Europe.

It's the first time in 25 years that Arsenal enter a Premier League campaign without European competition.

And work on the squad is already well underway with Benfica defender Nuno Tavares, Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and Brighton's Ben White already through the door for a combined £75.6million.

But Mikel Arteta and Edu show no signs of slowing down with Maddison high on their list of targets to replace Martin Odegaard.

James Maddison next club - Sky Bet odds

And that's because Football London are claiming that Arsenal have proposed a player-plus-cash offer for the 24-year-old.

It's thought the Gunners have tested the waters via intermediaries to determine whether Leicester would be open to such a deal.

The once-capped England international has three years remaining on his contract which expires in June 2024.

Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell thinks Maddison can take his career to the 'next level' at the Emirates.

But questions whether £70m is a realistic valuation.

He told Football Insider: "It’s really exciting to hear he’s on our radar. I like him, I think he is a brilliant player.

"He is still just 24 so he is a good age. He is a young, talented player. If he comes to Arsenal I believe he can go to that next level.

"The sticking point will be the fee though because I believe Leicester are asking for crazy money at the moment.

"I know he is a very good player but £70million quid is a lot of money. It will be very interesting to see if Arsenal can get that price down a bit.”

Chelsea are a distant second in the betting market at 16/1 with Manchester City further still at 20/1.

Tottenham follow at 22/1 with Manchester United and Aston Villa priced at 25/1 and 33/1 respectively.


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