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Gary Lineker aims dig at Arsenal over James Maddison transfer

Gary Lineker says James Maddison would be taking a 'step back' if he joined Arsenal

Gary Lineker says James Maddison would be taking a ‘step back’ if he joined Arsenal (BBC/Getty)

Gary Lineker has aimed a dig at Arsenal over their pursuit of James Maddison by claiming that the midfielder would be taking a ‘step backwards’ if he left Leicester City for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta is keen on securing a move for Maddison this summer with Arsenal in the market for a new attacking midfielder.

The Gunners wanted to re-sign Martin Odegaard for a second loan spell but Real Madrid are now planning to keep the Norway international.

Arsenal are now understood to be lining up an offer to Leicester City and are prepared to make Maddison one of their highest earners at the club.

But Lineker, a boyhood Leicester City fan, has urged the midfielder to reject a switch to Arsenal this summer.

In his response to a tweet which claimed Arsenal are preparing a move for Maddison, Lineker replied: ‘From my experience, taking a backward step never ends well. @Madders10.’

Arsenal are preparing to make an offer for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison

Arsenal are preparing to make an offer for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison (Getty)

Arsenal, meanwhile, completed their first signing of the summer over the weekend as they announced their £8 million deal for Nuno Tavares from Benfica.

The Gunners are also on the verge of completing their £17m move for Anderlecht midfielder Sambi Lokonga.

Elsewhere, Granit Xhaka is still expected to join Roma, while Arsenal are also open to offers for Lucas Torreira, who spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid.

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