Arsenal: Mikel Arteta got his press duties out of the way earlier this morning and was naturally asked what he thought Martin Ødegaard would bring to his squad. “A lot of things that he brought last season,” he said. “He made us better, we needed more options and alternatives for creativity.
“He is still a really young man but he has huge experiences in clubs already and has unique talents for the way we want to play so I am really pleased the club have made the effort.”
Arteta also confirmed the club are close to completing a deal for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. “There is still some paperwork but his medical is done, still a few things to sort with Sheffield.”
Arsenal have signed Norway international Martin Ødegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent deal, the Premier League club has revealed this morning.
The midfielder spent the latter half of last season on loan at Asenal, making 20 appearances in all competitions and scoring twice, including in a 2-1 win over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal did not reveal financial details of the transfer but the fee is understood to be £34m and takes the club’s spending on transfers and loan fees during Mikel Arteta’s managerial reign to almost £200m.
Arsenal have confirmed the permanent signing of Martin Ødegaard from Real Madrid. Photograph: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC/Getty Images
Friday is upon us and another busy weekend of football action is very much ahoy. With no fewer than 15 Premier League managers due to attend pre-match conferences today, we’ll bring you news of anything interesting they have to say for themselves, while keeping across all the transfer news that’s fit to print and anything else that crops up in the coming hours.
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