Mikel Arteta looks to repeat Martin Odegaard masterstroke as Arsenal 'explore' £17m transfer - Chris Davison

Mikel Arteta looks to repeat Martin Odegaard masterstroke as Arsenal ‘explore’ £17m transfer – Chris Davison

Martin Odegaard has proven to be a big success at Arsenal since making the permanent switch from Real Madrid last summer. Mikel Arteta could look to repeat a similar masterstroke signing a year later.

That’s because the Gunners are exploring a deal to sign Odegaard’s former teammate Marco Asensio after making contact with his representatives, according to the Mirror.

The report claims that the European champions have offered Asensio a new contract, with just one year remaining on his current deal. However, the new offer is not ‘matching the player’s demands’, increasing fears he could move on in 12 months’ time as a free agent.

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Despite not always being a regular starter for Los Blancos over the last couple of seasons due to a cruciate ligament rupture in 2020, the right-winger has remained a key part of the squad and still managed to bag 12 goals in all competitions last season. He can also play as an attacking midfielder on the left or through the middle.

Prior to his move to Arsenal, Odegaard was also a Real Madrid player who endured struggles connected to playing time. He was loaned out on multiple occasions, but even when he did play for the Spanish giants, he was not reaching his full potential due to the inconsistencies surrounding his role.

For Asensio, the serious injury sustained three years ago has also made it difficult for him to find consistency and potential, but like Odegaard, the signs are there for him to discover both again in the future.

Arteta is believed to be on the lookout for attacking reinforcements this summer, with Nicolas Pepe leaning towards the exit door. Asensio does not only offer the versatility that could provide solid competition for the likes of Odegaard and Bukayo Saka, but he also possesses qualities that make him the perfect fit for Arsenal.

Good on the ball, an excellent passer and a threat in front of goal, the Spanish international represents a player that still has a lot to give. Despite all of the obstacles faced, Odegaard is now flourishing under Arteta’s leadership in north London, and there’s no reason Asensio cannot do the same at 26 years of age.

Tottenham, AC Milan and Manchester United are also in the mix for the player, who is valued between £17m – £25.6m by CIES Football Observatory.

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