Mikel Arteta defends Arsenal transfer policy amid Martin Odegaard ‘agreement’

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Arteta defends transfer policy

Mikel Arteta has defended Arsenal’s transfer policy following recent criticism from the likes of Tony Adams.

Arteta told Astro SuperSport: “Well first of all I think you have to set some very clear principles that you want to achieve and the processes that are going to be in place to try to minimise the risk every time we get a player.

“Because it’s like a bet. There are a lot of things that we cannot control and a lot of things that we don’t know how they are going to act.

“But if we have the right processes, and we have the right principles to apply for every single player that walks in through our door to our club, then I think we are in a much better place to make a lot of good decisions.”

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Arsenal agree on Odegaard

Arsenal and Real Madrid have agreed over one particular part of the Martin Odegaard deal.

Odegaard appears to have soared to the top of the Gunners‘ transfer shortlist ahead of the summer having impressed since joining on loan from Real Madrid in January.

The problem is that Real Madrid have every intention of getting Odegaard back this summer, viewing the Norwegian midfielder as a ‘fundament piece’ of their future, according to reports in Spain.

Odegaard is tied down to a long-term contract and with a release clause of around £301million, it appears Arsenal are stuck in between a rock and a hard place.

It’s going to take some doing for the Gunners to convince Real Madrid to sell, but they are not giving up hope with Odegaard himself hinting that he would like to make his move permanent.

MALAGA, SPAIN - MARCH 27: Martin Ødegaard of Norway looks on during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifying match between Norway and Turkey on March 27, 2021 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
Odegaard is the name on every Arsenal fans’ lips

“I’m really happy. Everything is good here at the club,” he said in an interview with the Premier League. “I’ve felt at home since the first day, I get on really well with my team-mates and everyone at the club, and I feel really good.”

Though, Odegaard has also said it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Real Madrid, so it’s fair to say any potential move is well and truly up in the air.

And that’s the way it will stay with Arsenal and Real Madrid agreeing on one thing.

According to Goal, Arsenal and Real Madrid have agreed not to formally discuss Odegaard’s future until after the season.

Fekir available for cut-price deal

Arsenal could yet secure a cut-price deal for Martin Odegaard alternative Nabil Fekir.

Talk of making Odegaard ‘s loan deal permanent this summer has dominated the headlines in recent weeks after the Norwegian midfielder’s excellent performances for the Gunners.

But while it seems talks will have to wait until the summer in any case, Real Madrid are keen to get Odegaard back ahead of next season, viewing him as a ‘fundamental piece’ of their future.

That could lead the Gunners to look elsewhere, and that is, perhaps, why Real Betis star Fekir has emerged as a potential target.

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Fekir, who has been with Betis since 2019, is also a creative midfielder, and one who has attracting plenty of interest in recent years with his move to Liverpool falling through before he eventually made the move to Seville.

There is one potential hiccup when it comes to Fekir, the midfielder possessing a release clause believed to be worth a whopping £77million.

But there has been a potential boost for the Gunners, who could yet get the 27-year-old on a cut-price deal this summer.

According to Goal, Betis could take as little as £26million this summer due to the financial issues caused across football by coronavirus.

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