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Martin Odegaard jokes that ‘beast’ Erling Haaland ‘needs to come to Arsenal’

Martin Odegaard jokes ‘beast’ Erling Haaland ‘should come to Arsenal’ if he makes a Premier League move… a week after Man City signed a deal worth more than £500,000 a week with the Borussia Dortmund striker

  • Erling Haaland has become one of the most wanted strikers in the world
  • The Norwegian international is wanted by many European clubs this summer
  • Martin Odegaard joked he must go to Arsenal if he chooses the Premier League
  • Odegaard has described Haaland as a ‘beast’ who can play in any ‘competition’
  • However, Man City’s hunt for Haaland has taken a significant step forward

Martin Odegaard joked that his international team-mate Erling Haaland will have to sign for Arsenal if he chooses to join a Premier League club during the summer transfer window.

Haaland, who has a £63million breakaway clause in his contract with Borussia Dortmund, has become one of the most sought-after strikers in the world and is sought after by a host of European teams this summer.

Odegaard has said he is not surprised by the hype surrounding the Norway international, calling him a ‘beast’ who can ‘play in any competition, in any country’.

Martin Odegaard joked that his 'good friend' Erling Haaland should sign for Arsenal

Martin Odegaard joked that his ‘good friend’ Erling Haaland should sign for Arsenal

The Dortmund striker (left) and Odegaard (right) play together in the Norwegian national team

The Dortmund striker (left) and Odegaard (right) play together in the Norwegian national team

Manchester City are believed to have taken a significant step forward in their pursuit of signing Haaland this summer.

Sportsmail recently revealed that Haaland had agreed to a deal that would see him earn over £500,000 a week from the Premier League giants.

That didn’t stop Odegaard from joking that his international team-mate would have to go to Arsenal if he chose to swap the Bundesliga for the Premier League this summer.

Asked about the future of Haaland by StadiumAstrothe Arsenal star said: ‘Hey [Haaland] is a funny guy. A good friend of mine and a great player.

Haaland, 21, has become one of the most sought-after strikers in world football

Haaland, 21, has become one of the most sought-after strikers in world football

“We’ll see what he’s going to do. I don’t know. But if he comes to England, he must of course come to us. No, I don’t know what he’ll do, but he’s a great guy.

“Honestly, we haven’t talked much about it. I know there are so many people trying to ask him and tell him what to do and I don’t want to do that. So we’ll have to wait and see.’

When asked if Haaland would suit the Premier League physicality, Odegaard said: “He’s a beast.

“He’s strong, he’s fast and I think he’s got everything. So I think he can play in any league, in any country to be honest.”

Manchester City's hunt for Haaland would have taken a major step forward

Manchester City’s hunt for Haaland would have taken a major step forward

Haaland could surpass Kevin De Bruyne as the highest paid player in the Man City squad

Haaland could surpass Kevin De Bruyne as the highest paid player in the Man City squad

Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Manchester City have expressed interest in signing Haaland this summer. However, it is Pep Guardiola’s side that is reportedly leading the transfer race.

After recently reaching an agreement with Haaland’s representatives, City are expected to activate the 21-year-old striker’s £63m breakout clause at Dortmund.

If a deal goes through, Haaland will become the highest paid player at Manchester City.

A salary of over £500,000 a week would put him further than Kevin De Bruyne, who has around £385,000 in his pocket.

In addition, Guardiola is keen to secure a deal for Manchester City’s trip to the United States in July.

Arsenal must look for a striker as it looks increasingly likely that Alexandre Lacazette (R) and Eddie Nketiah (L) will leave the club when their contracts expire this summer.

Arsenal must look for a striker as it looks increasingly likely that Alexandre Lacazette (R) and Eddie Nketiah (L) will leave the club when their contracts expire this summer.

Meanwhile, Arsenal must find their own striker as it looks increasingly likely that Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will leave the club on a free transfer when their contracts expire this summer.

The Gunners are said to be discussing a potential transfer for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, as he could be forced further into Guardiola’s pecking order following the arrival of Haaland.

Arsenal technical director Edu has reportedly held talks with representatives for the Brazil international, while boss Mikel Arteta is keen to work with him again after having previously been in touch during his previous role at the Etihad Stadium.

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