Arsenal transfer round-up as Martin Odegaard remains ‘priority’ signing

Arsenal loanee Martin Odegaard has proved to be a big hit ever since arriving from Real Madrid on loan in January.

Mikel Arteta’s side were seeking a playmaker and the Norwegian has fit the bill, but attention will now turn to whether they can keep him permanently.

The Gunners have endured a mixed campaign and could miss out on European qualification this season.

Several new faces arrived last summer but there remains a clear gulf between them and the Premier League’s elite.

As a result more investment may be called for as Arteta continues to put his stamp on this Arsenal side.

Here are the latest rumours from north London.

Martin Odegaard has been an instant hit

Odegaard remains priority

Signing Odegaard on a permanent deal remains Arsenal’s top priority, claims .

The Gunners signed the Norwegian on loan in January and he has had an instant impact at the Emirates.

They are being linked with alternatives, such as Norwich’s Emi Buendia, but Odegaard is their preferred signing as they look to arrange showdown talks with Real Madrid.

Odegaard’s future may hinge on whether Zinedine Zidane remains in charge at Los Blancos next season.

Aarons for Bellerin

Max Aarons is seen as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin ahead of a defensive reshuffle, reports 90min.

Arteta will again be seeking reinforcements but the England Under-21 defender is in high demand with several Premier League clubs also tracking him.

Norwich have just been promoted back to the top flight, but Aarons’ stock is on the rise and he could still seek pastures new.

Arsenal want him and are preparing an offer with full-back Bellerin set to be offloaded in an effort to raise funds.

Yves Bissouma has impressed at Brighton since signing for the club in 2018
Yves Bissouma has impressed at Brighton since signing for the club in 2018

Bissouma keeps options open

Yves Bissouma has appeared to keep the door open to a move away from Brighton with Arsenal an interested party.

The energetic midfielder has been a star performer for the Seagulls but has been linked with the exit door.

“I don’t have much to say about that [transfer speculation] because I’m at Brighton for the moment,” Bissouma said.

“I consider myself a Brighton player, so the most important thing right now, as I said, is to stay up.

“We’ll try and stay up, and God willing, we’ll see how things go next season.”

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