Arsenal are closing in on two more signings, according to emerging reports…
According to renowned Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners are close to sealing a double swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
“Martin Ødegaard will sign his contract as new Arsenal player today. The agreement will be until June 2026 [option included] – Real Madrid are also preparing their official statement,” he tweeted on Thursday.
“Aaron Ramsdale deal between Arsenal and Sheffield Utd will be also completed ‘very soon’.”
Mikel Arteta and his side got the new Premier League season off to the worst possible start as they were defeated by newly-promoted Brentford away from home last Friday.
But now nearly a week on, there is some positive news that should give hope to much of the Emirates Stadium faithful, especially with huge games to come against Chelsea on Sunday and Manchester City in the early kick-off next weekend.
In Odegaard, the young Spanish boss will be getting a little fix to his creativity problems.
Arsenal failed to score against the Bees, albeit in the absence of striker trio Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, but only four of their 19 key chances came from the engine room, via WhoScored.
During a successful loan spell last season, the Norweigan playmaker ranked first for key passes per 90 minutes (2.1) in the current squad, so it’s a welcome boost to see him return, in what is expected to be a £34m deal. That should give fans some much-needed encouragement.
They should also be delighted by the fact that they aren’t paying as much as first reported for Ramsdale, who ticks two huge boxes for the club.
Firstly, he’s a homegrown talent, which will help Arteta meet the registration quota, whilst he will also rival Bernd Leno for the no.1 spot – something that has been lacking since the exit of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.
The 23-year-old shot-stopper is likely to cost just £24m upfront, rather than the Blades’ initial £40m asking price. Whilst he may have two relegations on his CV, he’s a necessary addition this month.
Overall, this latest and major development from Romano should have many supporters absolutely buzzing.