Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has said that he ‘knows for a fact’ that his former club will make two more key signings this summer.
The Gunners are on the verge of announcing the signing of Ben White from Brighton, but the Premier League club will be far from done in the transfer market after that deal is done.
They have already brought in Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Belgian youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga as Mikel Arteta looks to improve on their woeful eighth place finish last season.
Arsenal are in the market for an attacking midfielder and a striker according to Parlour.
James Maddison has been heavily linked with the Londoners for a while now and would be an excellent addition if a deal is to materialise.
He told talkSPORT: “The problem is the price tag. Leicester would want top money for him and would he want to leave Leicester?
“I think they will be backed and I think Brendan Rodgers will be backed. If he needs money to strengthen and bolster the squad I think the owner will say no problem there you go you just won us the FA Cup.
“Whether Arsenal have got the money to say he’s got to be worth £60-plus million maybe more. He’s a great, great player Maddison. He’s really really improved Leicester.
“I know for a fact Arsenal are looking for a No.10 and a striker at the moment and it’s about getting value for money.
“Certainly Leicester might price him out of the marker from Arsenal’s point of view and they might have to look elsewhere.”
Furthermore, the news that Granit Xhaka is to be offered a new contract at Arsenal could perhaps hinder their ability to sign someone of Maddison’s calibre.
Xhaka was poised to leave for AS Roma in a €20million deal, which could have went towards someone like Maddison.
However, Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid could be a more realistic target for Arteta as he would cost around £40m.
Odegaard spent the second half of last season on loan at the Gunners, enjoying a fairly decent spell as the team gradually improved in the Premier League.
He returned to his parent club at the end of the campaign and has been linked with a permanent move to Arsenal since.