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Report: Arsenal-linked star now available for just £17.3m; Klopp wanted him over Salah in 2017

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Spanish outlet AS reported yesterday that Real Madrid will not listen to any offers from Arsenal or any other club for Martin Odegaard this summer.

That puts Arsenal in a very difficult position. The Norwegian is undoubtedly Mikel Arteta’s number one target this summer, but Real Madrid’s stance means that he will have to look elsewhere.

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There aren’t many players in football who are on the same level as Odegaard. The Norwegian really is a world-class player, and replacing him will be a very difficult task for Arteta and Edu this summer. However, If a latest report is to be believed, Arsenal have someone in mind already.

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BILD claimed yesterday that Arsenal are very keen to sign Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt this summer. The German hasn’t had the best of seasons in the Bundesliga having scored just thrice in 40 appearances in all competitions.

Brandt has started just one of Dortmund’s last five league games. He is really struggling with form and game time at the moment, and the report claims that he is now open to a new challenge away from the Westfalenstadion.

Arsenal are reportedly ready to pounce this summer and Dortmund’s asking price isn’t too much either. BVB are only looking for a fee in the region of £17.3 million, which is a nothing amount to big clubs in today’s game.

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The Insider’s View:

Judging by this season alone, signing Brandt would be a terrible idea. Five goal contributions in 40 games is a shocking record for an attacking midfielder, but let’s just put this campaign aside for a moment.

Last season, Brandt scored seven goals and provided 13 assists. He managed 10 goals and 17 assists in the 2018/19 campaign, which shows that he has the quality to deliver at the top level.

Jurgen Klopp even wanted Brandt at Liverpool instead of Mo Salah back in 2017. (Raphael Honigstein) That should tell you all you need to know about how good the German is, even if he has had an awful time this season.

Arsenal’s priority has to be Odegaard this summer. If that deal becomes impossible, a move for Brandt wouldn’t be too bad of an idea, especially if Arteta is confident about bringing him back to his best.

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