Edu already knows Arsenal’s next 10 transfer priorities when Martin Odegaard deal is completed – Football.London

After the promise of a ruthless summer squad overhaul, this transfer window has been something of a damp squib for Arsenal so far.

The Gunners have spent £75 million on bringing in three players in Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares, while Joe Willock ‘s £25 million move to Newcastle has been the only permanent exit from the first team.

Admittedly Dinos Mavropanos and Matteo Guendouzi made their respective loan moves to Stuttgart and Marseille with a view to permanent transfer, but fans would have been hoping for more.

With just two weeks left of the window though it seems as though things are finally about to heat up.


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football.london understands that Arsenal are close to securing their fourth signing of the summer, with Martin Odegaard nearing a €35million permanent move from Real Madrid.

This is set to be the first in a series of moves in what promises to be a busy final fortnight in the transfer market for Edu.

The next focus after sealing the Odegaard transfer will be to bring in a back up goalkeeper to Bernd Leno.

With Runar Alex Runarsson out due to illness, Hale Ender Karl Hein was forced to sit on the bench during the 2-0 defeat to Brentford, and should something happen to Leno, Arsenal will be forced to call on the 19-year-old stopper who is yet to make his senior debut for the club.

The Gunners would like a home grown player to fill the spot of their number two ‘keeper and football.london understands that they have reopened talks with Sheffield United for Aaron Ramsdale.

Negotiations for the England under-21 international have broken down before though over a difference in valuation of the player and if they do so again Edu could well go for his compatriot Neto who has been linked with a loan move from Barcelona.

Having sorted that move the focus will then turn to getting players out of the club.

Top of the list are players like Sead Kolasinac and Lucas Torreira who appear to have no future at the Emirates.

The Uruguayan was tweeting from a theme park during Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Brentford, suggesting that he would like to move away from England, with Lazio among the Italian clubs to have been linked.

Kolasinac meanwhile has attracted interest from Fenerbahce, although his high salary is thought to be causing a problem.

Reports have suggested that Arsenal could look to terminate his contract in a similar manner to Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi, although football.london understands that this is not the case as things stand.



MOLDE, NORWAY - NOVEMBER 26: (L-R) Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal line up before the UEFA Europa League Group B stage match between Molde FK and Arsenal FC at Molde Stadion on November 26, 2020 in Molde, Norway. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Hale End graduates could help raise precious funds in the summer transfer window

The Gunners have also found the use of selling academy graduates to help fund transfers this summer after securing a decent fee for Joe Willock and could repeat the trick for three other Hale Enders.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has admitted he’s open to a move this summer in order to secure game time in his preferred central midfield position, with Crystal Palace among the Premier League clubs football.london understands to have shown an interest this summer.

Reiss Nelson is also being linked with a move to Selhurst Park although that deal could be delayed by the ongoing absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette due to illness, with Mikel Arteta keen on keeping as many forward options available for the next games against Chelsea and Manchester City.

Eddie Nketiah meanwhile could leave too, although his ankle injury, which is set to keep him out until September, could prove to be a problem if he is to secure a move.

If the England under-21 record goalscorer moves on this could open the door for Arsenal to go out and sign a centre forward in the final weeks of the window.

They have already missed out on Tammy Abraham to Roma after showing an interest though, while signing Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan seems more difficult now that the Nerazzuri have sold Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea.

Any other number nine the Gunners wanted to recruit would still likely depend on the future of Alexandre Lacazette also.

The Frenchman has just one year remaining on his contract in North London, and Arsenal would be willing to let him go for the right price, but his wages – which are understood to be near £200,000 per week – mean that clubs might just wait till next summer to get him on a free.



Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette shake hands with Mikel Arteta after an Arsenal game. (Photo by Andy Rain - Pool/Getty Images)
Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette shake hands with Mikel Arteta after an Arsenal game. (Photo by Andy Rain – Pool/Getty Images)

It is a similar situation in the right back spot where the Gunners could sign a new player if Hector Bellerin leaves.

The Spaniard is far more keen a move than Lacazette and has reportedly offered to take a wage cut in order to make the deal happen.

However, after Inter Milan opted to sign Denzel Dumfries it would seem that move is off, and it unclear if any of the other clubs interested are willing to match Arsenal’s asking price.

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Finally Edu could also move to seal an exit for his compatriot Willian.

The Brazilian had a torrid time in North London after moving from Chelsea last summer, and is reportedly keen on an exit.

However, his wages and the fact that he has two years remaining on his contract at the Emirates, could prove to be a stumbling block for any potential move.

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