Arsenal preparing lucrative transfer offer for £100,000-a-week PL star

Arsenal are reportedly ready to offer up Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson as makeweights in a possible deal to land Leicester’s James Maddison.

The Gunners announced the £17 million acquisition of Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga this week but Mikel Arteta is keen to further strengthen in this zone of the pitch before the transfer window closes.

England international Maddison is said to be high up on Arteta’s shortlist of targets but the Foxes’ hefty asking price has proved to be a stumbling block for the Gunners, with £50 million unlikely to be enough to reach a full agreement as it stands.

According to The Daily Mail, the Gunners would be willing to throw a peripheral roster player into the deal this summer, with academy graduates Nelson and Maitland-Niles both available as potential sweeteners.

Reiss made just two substitute appearances for his team in the Premier League last term while Ainsley spent the second half of the season on loan with West Brom, who went on to suffer relegation.

The report suggests Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers could be receptive to such a proposal considering he is on the hunt for a wide attacker.

He has been revelation at the King Power Stadium outfit since arriving from Norwich back three years ago but struggled with hip and knee injuries last term and missed out on manager Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championships.

West Brom number one appears on Arsenal transfer radar

Arsenal could launch a move for West Brom shot-stopper Sam Johnstone amid doubts regarding the future of No 1 Bernd Leno.

Sky Sports News reports the 28-year-old has emerged as a potential target for Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale has been linked with a transfer to the Gunners and there is also rumoured interest in Barcelona’s No 2 Neto.

However, the north Londoners have now shown an interest in landing Johnstone from relegated West Brom.

Former Manchester United academy product Johnstone has made 131 appearances for his team, keeping 30 clean sheets during his three-season stay in the West Midlands.

West Ham allegedly had a £6m offer for Johnstone rejected by the Baggies this month.

He has emerged as a target for a couple of top-flight clubs having starred for the club despite their relegation from the Premier League in the 2020-21 term.

The 28-year-old has 12 months remaining on his contract at the Hawthorns, with the club valuing their stopper at £10m.

West Ham are also in the market for a goalie this summer, and the same outlet states that PSG’s Alphonse Areola remains the Irons’ top target.

The French star spent the last campaign on loan with Fulham and the club are said to be looking at a summer deal for the three-time Ligue 1 winner.

Arsenal eye fresh move for La Liga keeper who wanted Gunners move in January

Arsenal are allegedly stepping up their long-running pursuit of Barcelona outcast Neto with the Gunners aiming to strengthen their ranks.

The Brazilian shot-stopper is one of several players Blaugrana are thought to be ready to flog this summer.

The club’s wish to sell the 32-year-old is rumoured to be welcome news for the north Londoners amid rumours of lack of certainty around the future of their number one keeper Bernd Leno.

While the Germany star has two more years left on his existing Emirates contract the Express claims he could quit the club if a decent offer is made.

And while Arsenal have Runar Alex Runarsson in the team, it is reported the goalkeeper has been in touch with Turkish side Altay Spor.

It is also rumoured the Icelandic star could set to drop further down the club’s pecking order behind Academy starlet Arthur Okonkwo

This is in spite of the 19-year-old’s shot-stopping error during his side’s 2-1 pre-season away loss to Hibernian.

However, it’s thought attempts to move were thwarted due to Blaugrana officials not being able to reach a total agreement in regard to a transfer.

Neto is thought to be interested in getting more first-team action.

The South American made just 12 appearances in all competitions for Ronald Koeman’s Barca side last season.

And Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reports the Brazilian had already pressed for an Arsenal switch in January this year.