Arsenal could become the new home of a creative force who lit up the Premier League if a deal cannot be reached for Martin Odegaard’s permanent arrival.
Arsenal went into the international break fresh off one of the most exciting comebacks in Premier League history. The Gunners rescued a point after going three behind against West Ham. Though a top four berth appears unlikely, Mikel Arteta will fancy his chances of securing Champions League qualification through the Europa League.
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One player who has come to the fore in recent weeks is Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian, 22, has adapted quickly since his loan acquisition in the winter window.
Arsenal are understood to want to secure his services on a permanent deal in the summer. However, a huge stumbling block hindering such attempts was recently revealed.
Odegaard’s latest comments indicated he would relish a permanent stay at the Emirates. Nevertheless, should a dean be ruled unworkable, a former Premier League ace could ease the blow.
Citing Spanish outlet, Sport, the Daily Express reveal that former Liverpool favourite Philippe Coutinho has been deemed surplus to requirements.
The Brazilian, 28, is said to be on the market for ‘as little as £35million.’
Coutinho’s career has stalled since leaving Anfield, but his mercurial talents have never been in doubt. This is despite Ian Wright claiming his move to Barcelona was the “worst transfer of all time.”
A return to England would provide the playmaker with the ideal opportunity to revitalise his career.
A move for Odegaard remains the Gunners’ first priority, but the article concluded that they would be ‘crazy’ to take a pass on Coutinho.
Liverpool muscling in on €80m-rated Arsenal target
Meanwhile, Liverpool have made enquiries for Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez, according to a report in Spain.
Rodriguez was linked to Arsenal on Tuesday with El Mundo Deportivo suggesting the Gunners will “push hard” for the 10-cap Argentina international.
He has been watched by Arsenal scouts on numerous occasions, but is under contract until 2024. He also has a termination clause of €80m, per the source.
Betis are said to be calm, but are understood to be willing to cash in on the player this summer. El Mundo report that Betis are are “obliged” to sell on one of their stars to balance their books in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Seville-based side will be more than happy to enter an auction for Rodriguez, who represents their best chance to make the most profit.
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