Arsenal news: Guardiola keen to beat Spurs to Maddison

By Wayne Veysey

2nd Jun, 2019 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Man City want to blow Tottenham away to sign £60m-valued star loved by Pep

Manchester City want to blow Tottenham away to sign Leicester City playmaker James Maddison this summer, Football Insider understands.

Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Spurs have made an enquiry about the cost of signing the 22-year-old from the Foxes this summer.

A City source has told Football Insider the treble winners have also made an approach for Maddison and learned it would take a figure in the region of £60million to convince Leicester to sell him.

That would represent a gargantuan £37.5million profit on the player signed from Norwich City 12 months ago for £22million.

Manager Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer, the source explained, of Maddison and his ability to create and score goals, believing he has the class to fit into his side.

The England Under-21 international scored seven goals and provided seven assists in 36 Premier League appearances and created the most chances of any player in the recently-completed domestic season.

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is also a firm admirer of the Leicester star and has made him one of his leading targets.

There is also interest from Arsenal in the playmaker, although their 4-1 Europa League final defeat rules them out of next season’s Champions League and has put a major dent in their transfer budget this summer.

Man City and Spurs are the best placed of Maddison’s elite-club suitors to offer a deal that Leicester could find hard to refuse.

In other Arsenal news, it can be REVEALED that the club have set their sights on signing an Everton first teamer this summer.