Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard transfer bid hints at the rest of Edu’s plans before deadline
Arsenal’s tactics to sign Martin Odegaard could suggest further activity for transfer chief Edu in this summer’s market. The Norwegian is reportedly being lined up for an initial season-long loan with an option to buy, which should free up the necessary funds to go after a marquee signing up top.
The Gunners have been in need of a creative spark behind the strikers since Mesut Ozil met his unfortunate demise under Mikel Arteta.
Odegaard came in on loan for the second-half of last season to plug that gap, although he has been back with parent club Real Madrid for the past few weeks.
After initially being hailed as part of new boss Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, various signs have slowly but surely pointed to the fact that he could be nearing the Bernabeu exit door.
The 22-year-old has not been given a squad number for the season ahead, and he was left out of Madrid’s season opener against Alaves.
Now, Odegaard’s agent has reportedly flown to London to thrash out the final details of a season-long loan with a £30million option to buy.
With the Gunners set to hold their fee for the Norwegian until next summer, it could free up the funds to follow through on their striker hunt before the window slams shut.
Arteta’s side looked spineless up top during their 2-0 loss to Brentford on Friday, with youngster Folarin Balogun failing to make the desired impact on his Premier League debut.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are still to return to Gunners action, although neither of them can be considered long-term options anymore.
Tammy Abraham was touted as a prime target for the Gunners, although the Englishman has landed in Italy to link up with Jose Mourinho at Roma.
Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is another name in the pipeline, but a number of obstacles could stand in the way of that deal gaining traction.
Firstly, the Argentine is thought to be keen on Champions League football, a luxury Arsenal cannot provide due to last season’s disappointing league standing.
Secondly, Inter may be reluctant to let him leave after his strike partner, Romelu Lukaku, sealed a £98m move to Chelsea last week.
A number of factors point towards an attacking signing at the Emirates before the end of August, if only the perfect target could present itself.
Perhaps a rogue name could be thrust into the mix over the coming days, unless Edu can jump through hoops to make unlikely progress in their Martinez hunt.
But deals could also transpire at right-back and in midfield, though they may be dependent on more players leaving in order to give Arteta funds.
Clearly, though, bringing in Odegaard on an initial loan would keep money free for Arsenal – and it appears Edu and co. have designs on spending that cash to further strengthen the side.