Leicester 'respond' to James Maddison swap deal offer from Arsenal

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Leicester are said to have shown no interest in any of the players Arsenal proposed in a potential swap deal for James Maddison. The Gunners reportedly tabled a player-plus-cash deal to the Foxes through intermediaries but now Leicester’s response has been brought to light.

Earlier in the window, reports emerged speculating that Maddison was on Mikel Arteta and Edu’s radar.

The Gunners are looking to add another creative midfielder to their ranks after losing Martin Odegaard.

Arsenal remain interested in signing the Norwegian on a permanent deal if Real Madrid decide he’s available.

Carlo Ancelotti was keen to take a close look at the 22-year-old following his return to the Spanish capital.

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He has spent three years at the King Power Stadium, where he has continued to shine since arriving from Norwich in the summer of 2018.

While Leicester can offer European football, Maddison is keen to test himself for one of the so-called Big Six clubs.

Arteta would like to build his Arsenal team around Maddison, permitting a deal can be agreed with Leicester.

The Foxes are looking for around £60million before they seriously consider a sale.

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Brendan Rodgers warned Arsenal yesterday that the owners have reassured him that the club do not need to sell any of their best players.

“In conversations with the club, we don’t have to sell,” Rodgers said. “That’s something that’s been made clear.

“The players want to stay. It’s a really exciting time at the club.

“There’s lots of gossip and speculation around but I’m loving working with the guys here, they love being here, and we certainly have no need to sell. So I would suspect we’re looking to keep our best players.”

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