Arsenal given Martinez transfer blow but receive Odegaard boost

Arsenal could still make more additions on top of the signings of Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White, while Joe Willock has officially left the Gunners

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Arteta gives verdict on Arsenal’s transfer dealings ahead of new season

Arsenal have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer window this summer, with the deadline fast approaching at the end of the month.

The Gunners announced their intentions to strengthen their squad at the end of a disappointing 2020/21 campaign, and they have so far followed through convincingly with their promises.

Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White have been added so far, and Mikel Arteta could yet bring in further new faces.

Another goalkeeper is still a priority for Arsenal, with Bernd Leno the only trusted keeper on the books after Mat Ryan’s departure and Alex Runarsson expected to leave on loan.

Joe Willock finally sealed a £25million to Newcastle on Friday, potentially providing Arteta with some funds to work with.

So while there are plenty more deals on the horizon in north London, Mirror Football bring you today’s latest rumours.

Lautaro Martinez blow

Lautaro Martinez looks set to stay at Inter Milan this summer



Arsenal have both been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, who has also more closely been linked with bitter rivals Tottenham.

The Gunners had a strong interest in the 23-year-old, who scored 17 times last term.

However Martinez’s camp have now come out and claimed they are happy at the San Siro.

According to representative Alejandro Camano, Martinez will even hold talks next week over extending his contract with the Serie A champions.

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Reporting Camano’s quote on Twitter, Sport Italia reporter Gianluigi Longari wrote: “He doesn’t want to leave Inter. Scheduled next week [is] a meeting for talking about a contract extension.”

He also added: “‘Lautaro is an Inter player and is happy in Italy. His decision is to stay.

“The relationship with Inter is perfect. Lautaro Martinez is calm. Yes, it is true that there were offers, but today he is fine and we will sit down to talk about the future.

“The renewal? Lautaro is from Inter, he will never enter into conflict with the club. Never, this is reality.”

Martin Odegaard boost

Martin Odegaard’s future at Real Madrid looks to be in doubt

Arsenal have been handed a boost in their hopes of signing Martin Odegaard after fresh doubt was cast over his future at Real Madrid.

The Norwegian was excluded from the club’s squad list for La Liga this season, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side getting their league campaign underway this weekend against Alaves.

The Gunners maintain an interest in Odegaard, who appeared to fit in well during his time on loan in the second half of last season.

Odegaard’s fortunes at the club contrast to Gareth Bale, who has been included in Madrid’s league squad after returning to the Spanish capital from a season on loan at Tottenham.

Keown defends Xhaka U-turn

Martin Keown has defended Arsenal’s decision to hand Granit Xhaka a new contract despite reports that he seemed destined to leave the club earlier this summer.

Roma were in talks to sign the Switzerland midfielder, but any talks appeared to break down, ending with Xhaka signing a new deal until 2024.

Explaining why he thinks it was a good decision, Keown exclusively told Mirror Football: “I think Xhaka offers a level of leadership for a young group that is maybe not there. And Arteta may feel if he can’t get other players that he targets then he wants him at the football club.

“It’s a juggling act, keeping what you got and building for the future. It appears to be that Xhaka is a really important leader within the group and if Arteta feels he needs to give him a new contract to secure that and is an element in the team that he needs then I understand that.”

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