Opinion: Will Arsenal fans welcome £80 million Premier League star Arteta wants to sign?
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has identified Manchester United transfer target James Maddison as a priority signing, but should they make a move?
United have been eyeing up a deal for Maddison all season now and failed to get a deal done during the winter transfer window simply because Leicester did not want to sell their most creative season when they are trying to secure a Champions League place for next season.
But it is heavily expected that the Red Devils will delve into their transfer kitty at the end of the season to try and secure a deal for Maddison, with some reports even suggesting that United will pay in excess of £80 million to try and secure the gifted midfielder’s signature ahead of their rivals.
However, according to THE DAILY MAIL, Arteta has identified Leicester star Maddison as a top target and will demand the club try to secure a transfer deal before United officially wrap up a deal in the summer.
It is believed that Arteta will finally sanction the sale of Mesut Ozil, who has failed to impress since signing that massive £350,000-a-week deal just a few seasons ago, with a number of Chinese, Turkish and Italian clubs reportedly interested in the German.
And with Arteta keen to rebuild a side that has been struggling to even get back inside the top four over the past few years, spending £80 million on the likes of Maddison is seen as a great bit of business, as the man is already proven in the Premier League and is clearly ready to make that step up to one of the Premier League’s big boys.
However, despite the fact that Maddison is ready, reports have claimed that Leicester are hoping to tie him down to a new deal, which further strengthens the Foxes’ position in transfer negotiations during the summer window.
Arteta needs to improve the side and right now, there are not too many more creative players in the Premier League better than Maddison and if there is a chance to get a deal done, Arsenal should definately sign this man up.