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Sky reporter says Arsenal could move for 22-year-old as he'll be much easier to sign than Maddison

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Arsenal would find it much easier to sign Martin Odegaard than James Maddison this summer, Dharmesh Sheth reported on Sky Sports News last night.

Easier deal to do

Arsenal are claimed to be interested in both Maddison and Odegaard this summer.

Maddison was always known to be a very expensive target, and it now turns out that Leicester City are asking for £70 million – which is an even higher asking price than first reported.

The appeal of signing Maddison is obvious, given his excellent form in the Premier League last term.

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But at that price, Arsenal really will have to stretch themselves to complete a deal.

And Sheth has suggested that a move for Odegaard could turn out to be considerably easier to do, as he is not valued so highly.

“Maddison is not the only player Arsenal are looking at. They’re keeping an eye on Martin Odegaard’s situation at Real Madrid where he has two years left on his contract,” he said.

“He spent the second half of last season at the Emirates but Odegaard went back to Madrid and said he wanted to fight for a place in the side under Carlo Ancelotti.

“There could yet be a situation where Real would allow him to go and Arsenal would be interested. Compared to a Maddison deal, this one would be a lot cheaper and easier to do. It wouldn’t cost them in the region of £60m-£70m.”

Sales required

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If Arsenal are to finance a deal for Maddison through their own funds it seems likely that they will need to make a number of sales.

Arsenal are open to offloading several fringe members of their squad, but they have struggled to sell players so far this summer.

Even though Odegaard could be a easier option he still wouldn’t be particularly cheap.

Arsenal will still need to make sales, even to get hold of the Norwegian.

Odegaard is well known to Arteta after last season and if he does join, he should at least slot in quickly, after getting acclimatised at the Emirates Stadium last time around.

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