James Maddison looks set to be in London this afternoon.
But it won’t be related to an Arsenal transfer with Leicester City in the capital to face Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.
The annual new season curtain-raiser pits last season’s Premier League winners against the FA Cup holders in a match that could see Jack Grealish make his debut for Man City after sealing his £100million transfer from Aston Villa a few days ago.
Whilst Pep Guardiola has added another creative midfielder to his ranks, Mikel Arteta is still waiting to do the same at Arsenal amid talk of a £60million deal for Maddison.
As football.london exclusively revealed earlier in the week, the Gunners tested the waters to see if the Foxes were interested in one of Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Joe Willock with regards to a swap deal for the England international.
However, it’s understood that City are unlikely to accept that proposal.
Therefore, technical director Edu will likely have to offer Leicester the full £60million that is understood will be required to sign the 24-year-old in order to bolster Arteta’s squad.
Until an agreement is reached, if there is to be one, Maddison will continue to prepare for the new season with the FA Cup holders, but does this mean he’s in contention to face the reigning champions of England?
That may be the case as if Leicester’s social media activity is anything to go by.
Taking to Instagram, the Foxes have done their best to hype up the big game at Wembley by including Maddison in a promotional poster which could hint that he’s at least in the matchday squad.
In addition, Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Maddison won’t be leaving the King Power Stadium this summer.
“I believe so, I haven’t been told anything to say that he wouldn’t be,” Rodgers told reporters this week. “He’s happy and training and working very hard. He’s recently become a father so responsibility off the pitch there as well.
“Clearly, there is obviously gossip and speculation that goes around, especially at this time of year. James is a very important member of our squad here, a very talented player.
“His season was disrupted a little bit last year with injury but hopefully this year he can go on and show the real top player that he is.”
Source by Football London