Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid’s Martin Ødegaard next summer, according to El Desmarque.

The Gunners are seeking a replacement for Mesut Özil, who has fallen far out of favour under Unai Emery, and Ødegaard is the man they are interested in.

The Norwegian midfielder has slowly been rebuilding his career since his high-profile move to the Bernabeu in 2016.

This season he’s playing a starring role at Real Sociedad, with two goals and two assists for La Real in his first seven games earning plenty of plaudits and interest around Europe.

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El Desmarque say Arsenal are one of those keen on him although they could face competition from Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Atlético Madrid and Manchester City.

Should the Gunners decide to pursue a deal, it is likely to be a difficult and expensive one to get over the line.

It’s believed that Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez ‘has no intention of negotiating the sale’ of Ødegaard, particularly given his performances for Real Sociedad this season.

Ødegaard would likely have a €60m market value, but Madrid wouldn’t negotiate a sale for anything less than €80m, a price range that would surely put him out of Arsenal’s reach next summer.