In a surprising turn of events, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has expressed interest in signing Arsenal’s captain, Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian midfielder has had a stellar season, contributing significantly to Arsenal’s climb up the Premier League table and their title challenge after a long hiatus.
Odegaard’s outstanding performances have caught the attention of PSG, who are now considering making a shock move for the 24-year-old. However, persuading Odegaard to leave the Emirates Stadium could prove challenging for the French giants.
The Norwegian playmaker is an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s plans for the future and is content with life in London. As Arsenal aims to go one step further and clinch the Premier League title next season, they are keen to retain Odegaard, who has become a linchpin in the team.
While Arsenal possesses a transfer budget of approximately £180 million, they are unwilling to part ways with Odegaard as they seek to strengthen their squad. The Gunners are focused on bolstering their ranks and achieving greater success in the upcoming season.
Meanwhile, it appears that Granit Xhaka has likely played his final game for Arsenal, with the midfielder expected to join Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. The Swiss international impressed during Arsenal’s 5-0 victory over Wolves, where he netted two goals.
Additionally, Newcastle has shown interest in full-back Kieran Tierney, while Arsenal may consider selling defensive midfielder Thomas Partey and defender Rob Holding to generate funds for the transfer window.
In a separate transfer pursuit, PSG has also entered the race for Sporting Lisbon’s Manuel Ugarte, who is also a target for Chelsea. The Blues have initiated talks for the 22-year-old midfielder, who possesses a £53 million buy-out clause. Aston Villa has also displayed interest in Ugarte after securing European qualification.
As Chelsea looks to raise funds, they have placed a £75 million price tag on Mason Mount and are seeking a holding midfielder to partner with Enzo Fernandez. Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, Monaco’s Youssouf Fofana, and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo are among the players Chelsea has considered for the role.
PSG’s offer for Ugarte involves meeting the buy-out clause but in staggered payments, reflecting their intent to secure the talented midfielder’s services.