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Arsenal could complete the final signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid if he reaches his € 60 million valuation, according to a report.
The 22 year old he moved to north London on loan in January to fill the creative void of Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
He’s off to an impressive start, taking part in three Premier League games. In fact, he got his first top flight in Sunday 4-2 win over Leeds, playing 78 minutes.
The Norwegian admitted TV2 after the game, which does not rule out a long-term contract with The Emirates starting next season; his fight for playing time influenced his decision to leave the Spanish capital.
According to Don balonThe player’s ‘bad’ relationship with Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane also played a revealing role.
However, those factors have not facilitated Arsenal’s prospects for a permanent deal, as the Spanish giants demand 60 million euros (52 million pounds).
As Odegaard joined the transfer window, Mesut Ozil departed for North London. He terminated his contract and signed for Fenerbahce.
This has left a hole in the squad for a number 10 that the club will have to fill.
But with Odegaard having time to settle in at Arsenal and Arteta Being able to develop it, it might make sense for him to be the one to succeed in that role.
Of course, he would be following in the footsteps of Ozil, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013.
The Norwegian international had an impressive loan out at Real Sociedad for the 2019/20 season, where he recorded seven goals and nine assists in 36 appearances.
However, since he returned to the Spanish capital last summer, his playing time was limited. He played just 367 minutes before his move to England.
The € 60 million fee is hefty, but at such a young age, Odegaard has great potential.
The attacking duo could depart
In the meantime, Arsenal He could sell forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah this summer, it is claimed.
Both Lacazette and Nketiah are out of contract in 2022, meaning they could walk away for free if Arsenal can’t get them to commit to new terms.
Both players remain highly rated: Lacazette has scored eight goals in 20 Premier League appearances this season.
As for Nketiah, the possibilities have been limited, but the fact that he is the all-time leading scorer for England’s Under-21 team shows his potential.
However, you may have to tap into that potential away from the Emirates.