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Report: Odegaard will be 'too expensive' for Arsenal; Edu will try to sign £21.8m man instead

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According to German outlet BILD, Arsenal will not be able to sign Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal as the Real Madrid man will be ‘too expensive’ this summer.

The Norwegian has been a star for Arsenal ever since he joined us on loan in January. Odegaard is a huge fan favourite at the Emirates, and every supporter would love to see him sign for us permanently.

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However, if a latest update is to be believed, we don’t have the money to sign the brilliant playmaker this summer.

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As a result, Arsenal will reportedly revive their interest in Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt. German journalist Christian Falk has revealed that the Gunners would like to sign the former Leverkusen man, who will be available for just £21.8 million this summer.

He told BILD: “Odegaard is playing quite well, and they (Arsenal) would probably like to keep him. But he is definitely too expensive.

“So, they will bring out the old plans from January. We have already talked about Julian Brandt from Dortmund and that he is a player that Arsenal would like. He will only cost €25 million (£21.8 million), but of course, it’s a matter of negotiation.”

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The Insider’s View:

Julian Brandt, 24, is undoubtedly a phenomenal talent. He is versatile, good with both feet, can assist and score. He is an excellent player and £21.8 million, in a way, would be a bargain for him.

However, Arsenal have to go all out for Odegaard.

The Norwegian has settled in really well and he knows exactly what the Premier League is all about now. He fits into Mikel Arteta’s plans perfectly, and even if he will cost a lot of money, he is worth every penny.

Josh Kroenke promised a big investment while speaking on the fans’ forum yesterday. (Read here) That should help us land Odegaard, but whether his words will be put into action is a whole different story.

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