Arsenal have made a bid for Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison, according to Football Insider. However, the former Premier League champions have turned it down. The offer from the Gunners was a cash-plus-player deal.
Arsenal offered winger Reiss Nelson and midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles as part of a deal to sign Maddison. However, the Foxes have told the Gunners that they do not have any interest in either of those players. Leicester value Maddison at more than £70 million.
The Gunners need to sign a new creative midfielder, as Emile Smith Rowe is the only senior playmaker in the squad at the moment. Norway international attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard has gone back to his parent club Real Madrid after spending the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal. Maddison scored eight goals and gave five assists in the Premier League for the Foxes last season.