Arsenal hoping to complete double transfer before Chelsea

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Arsenal hoping to complete double transfer before Chelsea fixture with Mikel Arteta under serious pressure to pick up Premier League points. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal need to sign players. It’s incredibly tedious reading every social media post by the club bombarded with unrelated demands to bring in some new faces, but you do sympathise with people.

Supporters are already resigned to kicking off the Premier League season with zero points from three matches, and watching on at a miserably weak bench in the 2-0 defeat at Brentford didn’t help to alleviate any concerns.

The squad needs help. Arteta needs help. Arsenal need help.

Can that come in the form of signings? It’s clear as day that new additions are required and even if that won’t suddenly rescue Arsenal from this slump, it will ensure the manager can have more at his disposal to try and solve the issues.

Arsenal hoping to complete double transfer before Chelsea fixture with Mikel Arteta under serious pressure to pick up Premier League points

Harbouring dreams of Andre Onana, James Maddison, Manuel Locatelli and Lautaro Martinez at stages of the window, what has transpired has been mostly underwhelming.

That should pick up with what looks set to the inevitable arrival of Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal from Real Madrid this summer. Well documented already, the Mail report that this is a deal Arsenal are looking to get wrapped up in the coming week. If successful, he may come in before the Chelsea clash.

Talk of Odegaard picked up pace ahead of the opening day defeat, with the Norwegian being left out of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad to face Alaves in their La Liga opener. The decision not only clarifies the club’s stance, but also weakens their position to drive a hard bargain, you’d imagine.

In regards to the fee, various reports have the figure ranging from €40-€50m, with some suggestions that Arsenal could start out at €30m and work their way up. Having a player on the books who doesn’t fit into your plans, wants to leave and has two years left on his deal means there is definite room for negotiation.

Equally, Arsenal can’t dally around, which as per the Mirror (relayed by Arsenic) they are set to do. It’s reported that Odegaard’s agents will fly into London on Sunday to thrash out an agreement, with the deal hoped to be wrapped up by Friday.

Additionally, it won’t be a permanent signing, and instead another loan in which the Gunners will pay the 22-year-old’s full salary before being given first refusal on him in the coming summer. That fee is then said to be in the region of £30m. However, given it is a first refusal, the figure can certainly change.

However and whenever this happens, it certainly looks like happening. But who else will be joining?


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