Arsenal have secured the signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent deal on Friday after the Norwegian international midfielder showed his worth during a loan spell at the Emirates last season.
The midfielder will cost the Gunners an initial £30 million ($41 million) with Arsenal also expected to splash £30 million on England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United in the coming days.
Ramsdale has been on Coach Mikel Arteta’s radar this summer, having originally joined Sheffield United from Bournemouth in 2020.
Martin Odegaard joined Madrid as a much-hyped 16-year-old in 2015, but went on to make only eight La Liga appearances for the Spanish giants as he was farmed out on loan spells at Heerenveen, Vitesse Arnhem and Real Sociedad before joining Arsenal in January.
Arteta said, “He made us better (last season), 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.”
Commenting on Ramsdale’s imminent arrival, Arteta added, “There is still some paperwork but his medical is done.”
The two new signings take Arsenal’s overall spending in the transfer window well above £100 million despite facing a fifth straight season without the riches of Champions League football.