Man United Transfer News: Arsenal vie to hijack Manchester United’s midfield target as Mikel Arteta looks to secure £90-million rated star.
Arsenal and Manchester United are once again in a contest to capture to bolster their squad this transfer window. With Mikel Arteta taking charge of the club, he is expected to make a few reforms according to his plans.
According to a report by the Sun, Arteta is planning to capture James Maddison, who is in the radar of Manchester United for a long time and valued at £90-million.
The English International has risen to prominence with a successful spell with Leicester City. He seems to be the right fit for both the clubs to fortify their midfield.
In the 25 appearances across all competitions, he has been able to amass around 9 goals and 3 assists. Adding further, Brendan Rodgers views him as a crucial player in his team.
With Mesut Ozil fading away past his best years and Dani Ceballos heading back to Spain with his loan coming to an end after this season, Arsenal desperately needs someone to fill the gap.
Moreover, Granit Xhaka probably moving to Bundesliga, Arsenal problems in midfield are truly piling up. Hence, Arteta feels that it would be wise to go big in midfield this time.
Therefore, they see Maddison as a viable target to rise back to the top order of the Premier League. Although, Manchester United is a huge obstacle in between as they also want the 23-year-old midfielder.
The Red Devils recognize the talent of Maddison and view him as an exciting prospect to add in their squad. However, amidst all of this, there are chances that both clubs wouldn’t be able to lure Maddison.
Presently, Leicester city is on a phenomenal rise in the Premier League and have guaranteed chances of playing in the Champions League next season, whereas Arsenal and Manchester United are far from guaranteeing it.
Thus, Maddison can end up going to some other big club with better prospects or can remain with the Foxes in order to play in the apex European competition.
But there still might be a chance but for the summer transfer window, if Manchester United end finishing in the top 4 of the Premier league or either of the clubs win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League next summer.