Arsenal have made a substantial offer for an attacking midfielder according to a report in Spain today. Mikel Arteta will be desperate to strengthen his team further before the window closes, but it seems Arsenal will have to up their offer in order to secure their target.
According to Defensa Central, Arsenal have made their move for Martin Odegaard, with his Real Madrid future still in doubt.
Their report says that Arsenal have already launched an offer to sign Odegaard for an approximate amount of 50 million euros (£42million) that has been rejected by Madrid.
The Gunners appear keen to reach an agreement again to bring the midfielder back to the Premier League after a 6 month loan spell that went well for the Norweigan, with Arteta enjoying what he brought to the club on and off the pitch.
Real Madrid are still indecisive on his future though and according to Defensa Central, Madrid will only let the player leave for an offer in the region of 60-70million euros (£50million-£60million).
Arsenal could be biding their time in this pursuit as they are aware that Madrid need to sell due to their poor financial situation.
Odegaard is also not first choice at Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti, at least that is how it appears from Ancelotti’s pre-season selections.
Arsenal have also been linked with James Maddison, but it seems a case of either or for the Gunners.
It does seem certain that Arsenal will add another attacking midfielder to their ranks this month, whether that is Odegaard or not.