Arsenal told to break the bank to sign creative Norwegian playmaker

Arsenal could finalise the permanent signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid if they agree to pay €60million that the Spanish giants are demanding for his signature.

The 22-year-old has moved to the North London club on loan in January to fill the Mikel Arteta’s creative void.

He has made an impressive start, featuring in three Premier League matches. Indeed, he earned his first start in the English top-tier in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Leeds, playing 78 minutes.

The Norwegian revealed to TV2 after the game that he is not ruling out a long-term stay at The Emirates from next campaign; his struggles for game time played a part in his decision to depart from the Spanish capital.

According to Don Balon, the player’s ‘bad’ relationship with Real Madrid head-coach, Zinedine Zidane also had a telling role.

However, those factors have not made the Gunners prospects of a permanent basis any easier, with the Spanish giants demanding €60million (£52million).

Meanwhile, The London giants are in pole position to sign Evan N’Dicka from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer transfer window. U21 France international is also a target for Arsenal’s London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Evan joined the Die Adler from AJ Auxerre in the summer of 2018 and has since gone on to establish himself as a crucial member of the Bundesliga outfit’s squad. In his very first season with the Eagles, N’Dicka was nominated for the Rookie of the Season award.