Mikel Arteta ‘sees Paulo Dybala as an alternative to Martin Odegaard’ as he plans a backup option in case Arsenal fail to strike a deal with Real Madrid
- Arsenal identified Paulo Dybala as a potential transfer target for the summer
- The Gunners will move for him if they can’t permanently contract Martin Odegaard
- Mikel Arteta says he would be “delighted” to get Dybala on the ground as an alternative option
- However, Arsenal will have to fend off interest from both Chelsea and Tottenham
Arsenal have identified Paulo Dybala as a potential transfer target for the summer should they fail to reach an agreement with Real Madrid on a permanent deal for Martin Odegaard.
Odegaard seamlessly settled into North London life after joining the Gunners in January on a temporary deal. As a result, Mikel Arteta would like to extend his time with the Emirates after this season.
However, should Arsenal fail to agree with Real Madrid, they will instead attempt to sign Argentina international Dybala in the summer transfer window, according to Sport
Arsenal identified Paulo Dybala (above) as a potential transfer target for the summer
Arteta has reportedly told the club’s board that they must do everything they can to keep Odegaard at the club.
However, Arsenal’s hopes of getting Odegaard on a permanent deal after the season seem to have taken a huge blow as Madrid is reportedly ‘not even considering’ a permanent sale of the midfielder.
Odegaard also declared his wish to return to the Bernabeu, calling such an opportunity a ‘dream’.
The Gunners will move for him if they can’t permanently contract Martin Odegaard
Mikel Arteta says he would be ‘delighted’ to land Dybala as an alternative option to Odegaard
Nonetheless, Arteta remains positive about the summer transfer window, saying he would be ‘delighted’ to land Dybala as an alternative option – according to the Spanish publication. Sport
However, the Arsenal manager will have to fend off the interest of Premier League rivals Tottenham and Chelsea for the midfielders’ signatures.
Tottenham would be the front runners in the transfer race as Odegaard got close to the club on the 2019 deadline.
However, a deal never came about due to complications related to the player’s image rights.
Juventus Vice President Pavel Nedved admitted the Serie A side struggled without Dybala this season after injuring his knee (above)
Whichever team Odegaard chooses to join will benefit from his presence as Juventus’ vice president Pavel Nedved admitted that the Serie A side has struggled without him this season.
“We missed Dybala,” he said. ‘I don’t think he played more than 800 minutes with us this season.
His presence would give us more options ahead of time. He still has a year on his contract and I have nothing to add to that [Fabio] Paratici and [Andrea] Agnelli said al. Juventus will evaluate every opportunity in the market. ‘