Mesut Ozil has departed Arsenal but the vacancy of stylish playmaker won’t be open for long at the Emirates.
Martin Odegaard is expected to put pen to paper on a loan deal that would make him Mikel Arteta’s latest recruit.
More importantly, he will be added to Dream Team shortly after the switch has been officially confirmed.
And we can reveal he will start at £2.5m — but what can the 22-year-old bring to the Gunners?
The Norwegian midfielder became the world’s most widely-know wonderkid in 2015 when he signed for Real Madrid at the age of 16.
He retreated from the headlines soon after but has come back into football’s consciousness in recent seasons with impressive loan spells at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad.
And it was this most recent temporary spell in the Basque Country that raised eyebrows as Odegaard impressed with four goals and six assists in La Liga.
It’s likely this evidence, that he can be effective in the final third in a top European league, is what ultimately convinced Arsenal to pursue a loan deal.
Many fans have been calling out for a creative midfielder to fill a hole in their starting line-up this season.
Results have picked up in recent weeks with Bukayo Saka (£2.7m) and Emile Smith Rowe (£2.1m) doing a fine job of linking midfield to attack but reinforcements are required if they are to continue their upturn.
A lack of creativity was blamed for the eight-game winless run in domestic football earlier in the campaign and the addition of Odegaard may prevent a reoccurrence.
His strongest attributes are typical of an attacking midfielder: throughballs, set-pieces, crossing, long shots.
However, Dream Team gaffers would be wise to wait and see how Odegaard will be used by Areta before jumping the gun.
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