Unai Emery’s Arsenal have contacted Leicester over acquiring playmaker James Maddison, according to reports from the Daily Mail, joining Spurs in chasing the England midfielder.
Maddison, 22, enjoyed an extremely impressive debut campaign in the Premier League for the Foxes, scoring seven goals and registering seven assists alongside earning a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England seniors.
Following the Gunners’ Europa League final defeat to Chelsea in Baku, Emery’s side have been dismantled by the media alongside their fanbase, as calls for a squad overhaul intensify, especially given the impending departure of Aaron Ramey to Italian giants Juventus.
The Mail further report that Arsenal have been quoted £60m for Maddison, yet whether this is likely to fit in the parameters of their spending without the income of Champions League football remains to be seen.
The interest from Arsenal in Maddison comes in the same week that Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino are reported to have contacted Leicester over acquiring the 22-year-old.
Pochettino’s side have already been strongly linked with Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, with a club-record £53m bid reported to have been made late last week, and a move for Maddison, 22, would add to the North Londoner’s armoury as they prepare for another crucial season, both domestically and in the Champions League.
Pochettino’s reputation for developing young talent alongside the club boasting Champions League football, something only three English clubs who are eligible to sign players can, is likely to tip the scales in Tottenham’s favour.
The news of impending bids from Arsenal and Spurs will come as a damning blow to Leicester City and Brendan Rodgers, with reports also surfacing of interest from Manchester City in left-back Ben Chilwell.
If the Foxes were to lose two of their most important players, alongside any potential revival of interest from Manchester United in centre-back Harry Maguire, then this summer window could be a torrid time for all associated with the East Midlands side.