Arsenal fans have been offered some hope in their pursuit of Martin Odegaard who, according to reports, has always been the club’s priority transfer target this summer.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of attacking midfielders this summer with Mikel Arteta keen to inject his side with a bit of spice.
The Gunners have been linked with a strong interest in England international James Maddison, but Leicester’s £70million-plus valuation is said to be a sticking point.
However, it is now reported Odegaard has always been Arteta’s top priority this summer following his fine – albeit brief – loan spell with Arsenal last term.
And, should Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti prove as unconvinced by the 22-year-old as his predecessor Zinedine Zidane was, Arsenal may have the chance to bring Odegaard back.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who brought supporters an update on Arsenal’s pursuit of a creative spark.
“Martin Odegaard has always been Arsenal priority, more than Maddison,” the European journalist posted on Twitter.
“Arsenal board are now waiting for Real Madrid’s final decision on Odegaard’s future.
“They’d be ready to bid for the Norwegian talent.”
Odegaard managed 14 Premier League appearances under Arteta since joining in January, and showed glimpses of his talent whilst recording a goal and two assists.
Despite signing for Real Madrid at the age of just 16 in 2015, Odegaard has only made 11 first team appearances for the club, and Arsenal are poised to try for a permanent deal should Madrid make him available.
Arsenal have reshuffled their midfield options ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, sending Mattéo Guendouzi back out on loan, this time to Marseille.
Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos has returned to parent club Real Madrid along with Odegaard.
Joe Willock appears to be on the brink of finalising a £20million move to Newcastle United in the coming days, but Arteta has refreshed his troops with the £15m signing of Belgian youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.
Arteta has also brought in England international defender Ben White from Brighton in a £50m deal, along with £8m Nuno Tavares from Benfica, whilst talkSPORT has also revealed that Arsenal have pulled out of negotiations with Sheffield United for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
However, there may yet be more drama to come, with Arteta on Thursday hinting that Arsenal’s window is far from over.
“Anything is possible and there are still a lot of things to be done and a lot of clubs involved,” the Spaniard said ahead of the Gunners’ Premier League opener against Brentford.
“You can see that the ball starts to roll at a different speed in the last week or so. It’s been a really difficult transfer window and probably a lot of things will happen in the last week or so.
“It’s how deals develop and sometimes something that is not possible to do on the 12th of August is possible to do on the last day. Whether you are happy bringing the player in or not I think is more important.”
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