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Arsenal are looking at Nabil Fekir and Julian Brandt to bolster their attacking midfield options
Arsenal have reportedly identified Julian Brandt and Nabil Fekir as a potential target, in case they fail to sign Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal from Real Madrid.
Odegaard, 22, established himself as a key cog in Mikel Arteta’s midfield, brought quality, composure and an ‘incredible’ work-rate, since arriving on loan from Real Madrid in January.
As a result, Mikel Arteta and the Gunners chief interested in making his temporary deal to permanently but their chances of doing so are limited, with Spanish champions plans to keep the attacking midfielder, who missing Arsenal’s couple of games due to an ankle problem.
And according to The Daily Mail, Arsenal have identified two targets in their quest for an attacking midfielder, permitting they cannot land Odegaard.
Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt and Real Betis star Nabil Fekir, reportedly via as attacking midfielder that can add creativity to middle of park for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Fekir, who came close to joining Liverpool in the summer of 2018 before the deal collapsed at the eleventh hour, has been in excellent form since arrived at Real Betis.
The 27-year-old, who has just one year remaining on his current deal with Betis, netted three goal and registered six assists across all competitions this season.
Brandt, meanwhile, struggling in term of playing time this season, but managed to scored two goals and two assists in 28 Bundesliga appearances, in which started 16 of those matches.
Arsenal are open to selling Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah this summer
Arsenal are reportedly open to selling both of their academy graduate Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles – but would demand £20million each for their services.
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According to The Sun, a number of English club are looking at Maitland-Niles because of his impressive form at West Brom.
Maitland-Niles, who closing to joining Wolves last summer before the deal failed due to materialised, could leave Emirates in upcoming summer, with both Leicester and Southampton interested in services of versatile England international.
Eddie Nketiah is another player who appears surplus to requirements at the Emirates.
The 21-year-old forward has made 27 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season, though has started just four Premier League matches.
Despite strong Europa League performances and came off the bench to scored equasiler goal against Fulham before start against the Toffees, Arsenal reportedly ready to sell the Englishman with his contract up in the summer of 2022.
West Ham United have been linked with a move for Nketiah as David Moyes looks to bolster his attacking options this summer, with Arsenal believed to also be demanding £20m for a permanent transfer.
Arsenal tracking £15m Borussia Monchengladbach forward Alassane Plea
Arsenal are reportedly wishlist Borussia Monchengladbach forward Alassane Plea amongst forward to replace Alexandre Lacazette, in case Frenchman leave the club this summer.
The Gunners have concerns over the futures of Lacazette, who bagged back-to-back braces in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United and 4-0 win over Slavia Prague.
With Lacazette still unsure about committing to a new contract, Plea, 28, who scored 36 goals in 104 appearances for Bundesliga giant, via as potential target for Frenchman.
The versatile forward, who can play across the frontline and has a goalscoring ratio of one in three, ready to leave Germany this summer and, with one year left on contract, could be available for a relative bargain at £15million.
Plea has been in excellent form in front of goal this season, as he scored 11 goals across all competitions for Borussia Monchengladbach.