According to Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are prepared to launch a bid in order to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent deal this summer.
The Gunners are in market to strengthen their squad, with creative midfield options are among the area Mikel Arteta keen to bolster after ended last campaign in a disappointing way as they finished eight place on league standings.
Mikel Arteta’s recruitment team are been linked with several playmaker, with Leicester’s James Maddison believed to be top targets. However, the reports by several British media including Atlethic confirmed the Gunners call off Maddison deal due to wages demand and Leicester City asking price.
Now, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, has confirmed Arsenal are prepared to make a bid to sign Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal from Real Madrid, with Mikel Arteta keen to working with Norwegian star after impressive loan spell at Emirates last season.
The 22-year-old playmaker spent the second half of the last season on loan at the Emirates after having struggled for regular minutes at Real Madrid under ex-manager Zinedine Zidane.
Odegaard enjoyed a decent spell, bagging two goals and assists apiece in 20 outings across all competitions while also adapted well in Mikel Arteta’s team and showed good understanding with the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe, with addressing their lack of creativity from midfield.
So, it did not come as a surprise that Arsenal were keen on re-signing the Norwegian international permanently soon after his loan spell expired.
Fabrizio Romano on Odegaard Transfer To Arsenal: ‘Arsenal are prepared to make a bid to sign Martin Ødegaard on a permanent deal. He’s always been Edu and Arteta’s priority as number 10. ⚪️ #AFC
‘Once Real Madrid gives the green light, Arsenal will submit the proposal. Aouar, also in the list. Maddison, never been close.’