Arsenal ready to pay €40M for their former loanee

Arsenal has positioned itself to secure the return of Martin Odegaard.

They have remained openly hopeful that the Norwegian would once again be available after he spent the second half of last season with them.

The Gunners enjoyed his creative talents and want him back at the Emirates.

He returned to Real Madrid hoping to break into their first team this summer.

However, he is not in their plans for now even with the change of management, according to Todofichajes.

The report says he also has interest from Real Sociedad, but Arsenal is now poised to sign him.

The report further claims that the Gunners could land him on a permanent deal this time and they are set to pay 40m euros for the transfer of his signature.

Odegaard’s arrival could put an end to Arsenal’s pursuit of the likes of Houssem Aouar and Manuel Locatelli.

The Gunners have had a busy transfer window with Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga joining them.

It remains uncertain if Granit Xhaka will stay after the transfer window closes, but if he leaves, even more midfielders could join.

Odegaard is currently with the Madrid squad for preseason, but if Arsenal reaches an agreement with the Spaniards it will be north London where he will play his senior football this season.

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  1. Unless Saka’s going to play in the 10 role to give ESR a break, we definitely need another 10. There is no position thinner. Willian showed today how much we need another quality 10. He’s not it.

    1. With only domestic schedule Willock could rotate with ESR, it would be good for both players and club.

      With Odegaard, ESR would either be on the wing (where he’s less effective) or the bench. Personally I don’t think Odegaard is that superior over ESR and definitely not worth 40 million.

      Hope the rumor is not true, because decisions like this and Ramsdale are not players to get into top 6 and why Arteta has yet to convince many of the supporters.

      1. But is Mikel a top 6 manager? I doubt.
        Ramsdale, Neves, Odegard, Tammy Abraham are not the ones to take us up the ladder. Top 10 is the most we can accept from Mikel and his bunch. Entertainment gaurenteed for the opposition, pain for us.

  2. Really hope this rumour is just that but reading on sky earlier and they are reporting we are interested in him which maybe makes it more than a rumour I suppose .
    Having watched him for his loan period I’ve seen absolutely nothing to suggest he can take us to the next lvl which is aiming for top 4 and cannot figure out why our club are wasting resources and time on players that quite frankly are just not good enough .
    And now Odegaard
    These are the players that the management said they had identified before last season finished ?
    This is why fans have no faith in Arteta,this is one of the biggest seasons in our recent history and we have left it to a manager who over saw our worst season in 26 years .
    Mind boggles.

    1. +1
      He clearly wants to be at Real Madrid. Willock, Saka, Martinelli or Lacazette to give ESR a rest. Aliens there money on a RB, Xhaka replacement, GK or best of all a new manager.

  3. Arsenal has been linked with almost the whole no.10 in the world, but my happiness is that they are all good ones. Anyone we buy, I will be fine.

  4. It seems like (if true) that only Arsenal are excited and want the underwhelming Odergaard. I know beggars cant be choosers but he is nothing special and as i have mentioned before, he passes the buck rather than take responsibility. A big not for me, i dont like players that aren’t greedy and hungry for goals.

  5. Odegaard is a good player and 40mm euros doesnt sound crazy in those days…”he will stop esr evolution” or “we could play saka to rest esr” no no no. We don’t get champions league spot (what should be our only goal this season) with that thinking…the only goal thing that could stop esr develop is no competition for places and overplay him…odegaard was good in his loan and it seems like he is a good character and a leader off the pitch…

    Of course we need other positions to fill before, like a cm, rb and a backup gk and i would prefer madders to ode…but if we resolve the other positions so i’m happy with odegaard

    1. Btw, we were not good enought to get UCL spot, not even Europa league one the last season (having more chances bye the way of EL) with esr and odegaard and now some of you think we can with only one of those?

      To me, today we have a worst team than what we had last season

  6. Too many players in the team already to give our rookie coach selection headache and unhappy players..

    We need. Consistent first team and a contented second eleven waiting to impact games when called upon…

    Martinelli, lacazette,flo , saka still trying to tie down their starting spots..
    ESR/willock will have same issues with odegaard signing..
    Only Leno,auba, lokonga (if xhaka leaves) and partey are guaranteed starters…

    Successful teams do have a consistent and defined first eleven…do we??
    Only arteta knows cuz last season he changed things a lot till we lost identity

  7. We are Odergaard’s 2nd choice, he has already said goodbye to the club and now that he is not in the running at RM he might consider joining us? No thanks we need players who are 100% commited to our club. But MA obviously rates him so I would not be surprised if it happens.

  8. €40 million?
    Ummm, I don’t think so..
    Too much for what he showed last season.
    Just get another loan deal.

  9. A big No from me. ESR and Willock can do the no.10 roles and if required Laca can fit in. Also Arsenal is not his first choice.

  10. Arteta, Abraham, Ramsdale and now Odegaard! this club is not really serious. we can as well stop buying and use our acadmy boys…they can do far much better .

  11. Having watched Odegaard I am not fully convinced that he is the player that Arsenal really needs. Why is Madrid not keen to take him back? The simple reason is that Carlo Ancellot has not been convinced with what he has seen in preseason matches from Odegaard. Arsenal should just save money and draft in Joe Willock to play alongside Smith Rowe. The money saved can easily be directed to getting Bissouma. That way Arsenal will be a strong team.

  12. I never saw Ode dive into a tackle, he just goes through the motions like Ozil. Klopp would never have him. Please get someone good. ESR is 10x better. Mini Pep is not a good judge of players. Esteban

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