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Arsenal identified Coutinho as alternative for Martin Odegaard
Arsenal have reportedly will make a move for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho if they are unable to hold on to Martin Odegaard beyond the end of the campaign.
The 22-year-old playmaker joined the London club from Real Madrid in January on a temporary basis until the end of 2020-21 campaign, and it is unclear what the future holds for him.
Odegaard, who brought quality, composure and an ‘incredible’ work-rate to Mikel Arteta’s side, has a €350 million release clause, and while the Spanish champions do not expect suitors to meet the price, they will not be letting him go on a cheap.
Mikel Arteta’s & co. could struggle to seal a permanent deal for the 22-year-old attacking midfielder this summer, and it appears that they already putting a contingency plan in place as they identified Philippe Coutinho as player to fill their No. 10 role.
The Gunners chief have a cordial relationship with Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian, and both parties could finally strike a deal, having been eager to do so recently.
The Brazilian playmaker has been heavily linked with a move Arsenal last summer, but the arrival of Ronald Koeman put the brakes on a potential deal. Meanwhile, Barcelona are reportedly consider of sell him rather than fixture for them in which pay Liverpool £20million.
Arsenal keen to activate Real Betis’ Guido Rodriguez’s £68million release clause
Arsenal have reportedly looking to activate Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez’s £68million release clause, with Mikel Arteta keen on bolster his midfield park ahead of his second full season in charge of London club.
The 26-year-old defensive midfielder has been monitoring by Gunners scouts for several months and it is believed Mikel Arteta will make a move for Argentine when the window opens this summer.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, who reporting the news, explains in details that Spanish side Real Betis are prepared to sell Rodriguez in the summer window if right offer submit for the midfielder.
Rodriguez could be a promising addition to Arsenal’s ranks after helping Manuel Pellegrini’s men rise to sixth in the LaLiga table this season. The Argentina international is contracted to Betis until 2024 but could be set for a move to the Premier League this year.
However, Real Betis will reportedly retain 25 per cent of the player’s rights even if he leaves the club this summer.
Arsenal keen on Emerson Royal transfer with Real Betis right-back “seen by Mikel Arteta as Hector Bellerin replacement”
Arsenal have reportedly identified Real Betis right-back Emerson Royal as a prime contender to replace Hector Bellerin at Emirates this summer.
Bellerin, 25, has been heavily linked with a move away from the London club, with Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain are said to be destination of right-back.
However, account to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, claim Gunners have been ‘closely monitoring’ Emerson Royal, 22, who he possesses great speed and has proven his attacking quality over the past campaign in La Liga.
The Brazilian’s pace and attacking play has actually seen him compared to ex-Barcelona hero and fellow Brazilian Dani Alves, but his potential exit is complicated by the unusual terms of his exit from Atletico Mineiro to Spanish club Betis in February 2019.
Real Betis and Barcelona agreed to pay €6million (approx. £5.1m) each in a joint deal, that means the 22-year-old right-back is currently due to move onto Barca this summer – when they pay their share plus £2.5m extra.
And new Barcelona president Joan Laporta is reportedly keen to go through with that transfer. In 69 games for Real Betis, Emerson has shown his attacking quality, bagging five goals and 10 assists from his right back role.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi and Brighton defender Tariq Lamprey are said to be on Arsenal’s radar as alternative to Emerson Royal.
Odegaard’s ankle injury is ‘not serious’, says Norway coach Stale Solbakken
Arsenal have received an huge boost over Martin Odegaard fitness after it was confirmed that the injury suffered by the attacking midfielder while on international duty is not serious.
Gunners fans across all social media were left concerned on Wednesday night after the in-form Real Madrid loanee appeared to be painfully roll his ankle before being substituted at half-time of Norway’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win against Gibraltar.
The absence of Odegaard for any extended period of time would have come as a sizable blow to Arsenal, with the highly-rated playmaker having grown in influence since moving to north London in January and played a critical role in Sunday’s comeback draw against London rivals West Ham, afterwards attracting effusive praise from manager Mikel Arteta.
But not only does it seem that Odegaard is now unlikely to miss key upcoming games against Liverpool and Europa League quarter-final opponents Slavia Prague, but Norway boss Stale Solbakken is even optimistic that the player – who wore the captain’s armband against Gibraltar – could be fit for Saturday’s Group G clash with Turkey, which was moved from Oslo to Malaga in Spain due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
‘It is not a serious injury,’ former Wolves manager Solbakken said. ‘I have big hopes that Martin will be fit for the game against Turkey on Saturday.’
According to The Mirror, Odegaard himself brushed off any injury fears and also expects to play against Turkey on Saturday.
‘I twisted my ankle, but I think I will be fit for the game on Saturday,’ he said.
Saka doubtful for England’s World Cup qualifiers as Arsenal medics assess hamstring injury
England coach Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Bukayo Saka is doubtful for all three England’s World Cup qualifiers this month due to his hamstring issue.
The 19-year-old starlet still having his injury assessed by the Arsenal medical department and is yet to join up with the England squad at St George’s Park.
Saka, is basically out of Thursday’s game against San Marino and Southgate is unsure whether he will be fit to face Albania on Sunday or Poland next Wednesday.
Asked if Saka or Marcus Rashford would be fit for any of the upcoming games, Southgate said: ‘They are both doubtful. I would say Marcus more doubtful than Bukayo at the moment. But we are going to assess them.
‘Marcus has been very keen to be with us. He was not with us so much in the autumn so he has been keen to be part of the group.
‘Bukayo has needed to have some investigations at the club first so he has not been able to join us yet. But we are hopeful [he will] in the next couple of days.’
Saka, meanwhile, appeared in Gunners dressing room on Wednesday as rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad who doesn’t call-ups for international duty back to training pitch but the England international don’t involved in Wednesday training session.