Brendan Rodgers drops James Maddison transfer hint as Arsenal learn price tag
Arsenal target James Maddison was left on the bench by Brendan Rodgers during Leicester City 's pre-season clash against Wycombe Wanderers as his future remains up in the air.
The former Norwich man has been linked with a move to the Emirates this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to add an attacking midfielder before the transfer window closes.
It's believed that the Gunners boss is a huge admirer of the English star, but the North London club could be priced out of a move for the 24-year-old.
And Sky Sports are claiming that it would take an offer of at least £70million for the Foxes to consider parting ways with Maddison as they are in no rush to sell their star man.
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But Arsenal can take some encouragement from the fact that Maddison was left on the bench in their friendly against Wycombe on Wednesday night as Leicester lost 1-0 at Adams Park.
Rodgers deployed different XIs for each half as Maddison came on at half-time, getting 45 minutes under his belt ahead of the new Premier League season.
The fact that he didn't start the game is not unusual given it was a pre-season game, but it was who he played alongside in the second half that has raised some eyebrows.
Rodgers included most of his first-team stars such as Jamie Vardy, Wilfred Ndidi, Wesley Fofana and Caglar Soyuncu in his starting XI, alongside new signings Boubakary Soumare and Patson Daka.
But Maddison climbed off the bench with a team of much lesser quality alongside youngsters Ben Nelson, Vontae Daley-Campbell, Kamal Sowah and Thanawat Suengchitthawon, as well as Filip Benkovic and Hamza Choudhury who have both been linked with exits from the club this summer.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Maddison were the only established stars included in the XI that came on after the break.
Whether this decision from Rodgers has anything to do with Maddison's uncertain future remains to be seen, but perhaps the Leicester boss has dropped an inadvertent clue in who he views as a part of the club's long-term plans ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Maddison's form dipped last term due to injuries and was not a regular starter for the Foxes towards the back end of the season.