Only one target to start this morning and that’s late night reports from Spain that Arsenal and Real Madrid are in’ advanced’ talks over the transfer of Martin Odegaard.

AS, the Madrid located daily, described the deal as’ imminent ‘, and later David Ornstein Tweeted that while there were still some things to sort out, we’d be paying a reward of around EUR3 5m to accompanied the Norwegian international in on a permanent basis. Quite often, Real want to add buy-back clauses to players they sell( in cases where ), and while these are rarely triggered, that’s not going to be part of this deal.

If all goes to plan Martin Odegaard’s proposed delivery from Real Madrid to Arsenal will be for around EUR3 5m& he may be in contention to feature vs Chelsea on Sun- but still a fair amount of work to be done before accomplished @TheAthleticUK #RMFC #AFC #CFC https :// eoSXmLY5ts

— David Ornstein (@ David_Ornstein) August 17, 2021

Odegaard did civilize yesterday, but did so away from the main group in order to ensure he didn’t pick up an injury which might scupper the transportation. Given his history with us and wires of communications, you have to assume that personal terms are not an issue at this degree, so it comes down to how quickly the two clubs can get everything sorted out. If it happens quickly enough, he could be in the crew to face Chelsea on Sunday, and while that game feels like quite a daunting task at this moment in time, it would be slightly less so with an addition like this.

I’ve feel all along that Odegaard was our number one target this summer, and I don’t think links to James Maddison truly stood up to a great deal of scrutiny. Mikel Arteta knows and enjoys the musician; Martin knows the golf-club, the Premier League, and most of his teammates, so we’re not facing any issues of adaptation; and EUR3 5m for a 22 time old-time who has his best years in front of him certainly feels like a good deal to me.

We need more originality, we need someone who can supplement and reinforce Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, and I thoughts Odegaard can do that. I realise his numerals were a bit underwhelming during his loan spell, with two purposes and two assists in 20 tournaments, and while I’m not making such a apologizes for him, I do think that ankle injury he sustained on international duty was more serious than we knew. I believe he has the geniu and the ability to deliver much more than that over the course of a full season.

The other thing about this signal is that it’s future-proofed against any changes to the manager. Whatever you think about Arteta, where we are right now and where we might be going, the facts of the case the club are signing musicians in their early 20 s feels like the right thing to do as we look to rebuild. Obviously we’d all like to see a bit more, but as a strategy, it sees feel. If Arteta is moved on, the next follower isn’t having to come in and tear perfectly everything up to start again. The sections he will have to pick up haven’t been smashed into smithereens. It’s not iron-clad to prevent publishes/ problems down the line, but it’s far preferable to blasting money at actors in the September of their professions whose workers are chums of the Technical Director.

It’s why, even though they are he wouldn’t be my first choice, ratifying Aaron Ramsdale would- in my opinion anyway- be better than contributing a long contract to Neto, a 32 time old Kia Joorabchian client who has been a back-up keeper his whole life. Ramsdale would have plenty to prove if he arrived with the kind of price-tag fastened( and it gazes as if there might well be some movement with regards to that treat after Sheffield United came back to the table ), but at least he could potentially do it. A bloke who scratched around in Italy and Spain without ever being persuasion only can’t. Plus, we’re not give a lazy commission to a bloke who has given this golf-club David Luiz, Cedric and Willian- at what moment do we learn to stay away from his garbage?

Going back to Odegaard, I think there’s something quite interesting about his trajectory. Let me make it clear, I’m not comparing him instantly to the likes of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, but down the years some of our very best transfers has been derived from highly rated musicians who went to big clubs where it didn’t quite work for them. Bergkamp at Inter Milan, Henry at Juventus( even Vieira at AC Milan to an extent, although he was much younger ). It symbolizes the new chap arrives with something to prove, and after all the hype that bordered Odegaard’s move to Madrid as a teen, that he hasn’t succeeded there should be a real motivating factor for him as and when his move to Arsenal is complete.

I also think as supporters we need to be realistic about these sorts of musicians we can attract right now. You can’t, on the one side, lambast the team for being rubbish and out of Europe and, on the other, expect to be able to sign the top endowment. It just doesn’t work like that. In that context, I think this is an opportunity to sign a really good player at accurately the liberty senility for a tolerable toll, even in this market. Let’s hope that members get onto done asap.

Right, I’ll leave it there for now, have yourselves a good Wednesday.

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