Arsenal secure £25million deal for English starlet

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James Maddison could be on his way to Arsenal after it was revealed that his knee injury is not as bad as first feared, according to The Sun.

The 21-year-old was substituted during Norwich City’s 5-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend and it was initially thought that the issue would keep him out until the autumn at the very least.

However, it seems he should now be back in training by the end of July, which could see a bidding war erupt for the £25 million-rated playmaker.

Along with Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion are all thought to be eyeing up Maddison, who has been the brightest spark in an otherwise disappointing Championship campaign for the Canaries.

Although he signed a four-year contract in June 2017, Norwich would have been aware that their only realistic chance of keeping hold of the Coventry City academy graduate was to gain promotion to the Premier League.

That has not come to pass, thanks in no small part to an attack which managed just 49 goals in their 46 matches in the second tier this term.

Maddison, though, has bagged 14 league goals and also provided eight assists to cement his reputation as one of the country’s brightest young talents.

Arsenal’s interest in the England under-21 international comes as little surprise and the Gunners may have an advantage over the likes of City and Tottenham in that there is a more obvious pathway to first-team football.

A poor campaign in the red half of North London has resulted in Arsene Wenger’s impending departure after 22 years as manager and Maddison could be one of the players to kickstart the new regime.

An away trip to Huddersfield Town brings the Frenchman’s reign to a close on Sunday afternoon, the final day of the Premier League calendar.


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