Watch: David Ornstein delivers update on Arsenal’s James Maddison pursuit


Mikel Arteta seems intent on giving his Arsenal squad a significant facelift before the 2021-22 campaign with two new players arriving already and Leicester’s James Maddison also thought to be on their radar. 

Left-back Nuno Tavares and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga signed from Benfica and Anderlecht respectively to bolster what was becoming a threadbare squad. Both Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno, among others, could still leave the Emirates before the window shuts.

Brighton’s Ben White has also been heavily linked with a move to north London, although it has been the Maddison rumours that have had Arsenal supporters most excited.

But transfer guru David Ornstein had some bad news regarding a potential deal on Friday morning.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the journalist revealed that he cannot see the Gunners’ budget stretching far enough to pay Leicester’s asking price.

“They are looking for a number 10, there have been rumours around James Maddison,” he said.

“That’s not one I can see developing. It would be a huge stretch of Arsenal’s finances and I’m not sure it would be realistic especially with [Emile] Smith Rowe signing a new contract.”

You can watch the full clip below.

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