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Houssem Aouar has already hinted at £20m Arsenal transfer as James Maddison is ‘signed’

James Maddison ‘signed’ understands that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is a big admirer of James Maddison, who scored eight goals and registered five assists in the Premier League last season.

As unlikely as it may seem, the Foxes maestro is among the Spaniard’s summer targets.

However, it is understood that the Foxes turned down an offer for Maddison in the region of £70million last summer, so the Gunners would most likely be forced to sell before launching a formal offer.

But, what if Arsenal managed to sign Maddison in this summer’s transfer window?

And, what kind of impact could he have at the club next season?

To have a bit of fun and try to predict the future, we ‘signed’ Maddison for Arsenal on Football Manager 2021 to see what could happen with him the side.

James Maddison to Arsenal: His first season with the Gunners imagined

To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to arrange for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison to join Arsenal in the summer 2021 transfer window, using FM21 to run our simulation.

The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data sourced from their international on the ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved in football in professional capacities, including scouts and coaches.

Aouar hint

According to the Sun, Arsenal are ready to reignite their interest in Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

In one of many unresolved sagas involving the Gunners during last summer’s transfer window, the Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium all the way up until deadline day.

However, a deal never materialised as Lyon were demanding £53m for Aouar.

It could be all change now as the aforementioned report claims Aouar will cost as little as £20m and that the Gunners are readying a contract worth £100k-a-week to lure the midfielder to the Emirates.

With that said, Aouar has already hinted that he could be on the move this summer.

“This could be (my last match at Lyon), but it could also not be,” he said prior to the final game of the Ligue 1 season last month.

“I do not ask myself these sorts of questions before an important match like this.”

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