Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta identifies Paulo Dybala as Martin Odegaard transfer alternative

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Mikel Arteta ‘would be delighted’ with the signing of Paulo Dybala, should Arsenal’s move for Martin Odegaard fail to materialise. The Gunners are set on trying to make the Norwegian’s loan move permanent at the end of the season following an impressive stint so far in north London.

The playmaker appears to have driven Arsenal’s attack to a new level after orchestrating the spirited comeback from 3-0 down at West Ham before the international break.

Odegaard scored a stunning 25-yard drive in the Europa League win at Olympiakos before netting in the 2-1 win over Tottenham in the north London derby.

Real Madrid are yet to decide whether they would be willing to offload him for good.

His value is currently protected by a release clause believed to be over £300million.

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Should he continue to sparkle, Real Madrid would withhold the right to demand a bumper fee this summer.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Arsenal do have a Plan B in place.

It’s claimed that Arteta has set his sites on Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, who is approaching the final 12 months of his contract.

Juve remain keen on tying him down to an improved deal but they are yet to strike an agreement with the player.

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Dybala is a player who has attracted interest from a host of English clubs in the past.

He came close to joining Tottenham on deadline day in 2019 but Spurs struggled to navigate complications regarding the player’s image rights.

Chelsea are also believed to be interested in Dybala, who has lost his mojo in recent times under Andrea Pirlo due to injuries.

Juventus’ Vice President Pavel Nedved is under no illusions that the team has struggled without the Argentine.

“We missed Dybala,” he said. “I think he hasn’t played more than 800 minutes with us this season.

“His presence would give us more options up front. He has one year left in his contract and I have nothing to add to what [Fabio] Paratici and [Andrea] Agnelli already said. Juventus will evaluate every opportunity in the market.”

Now his time at the club could be drawing to a close, particularly if a cut-price deal is a possibility.

Arsenal’s priority though, remains signing Odegaard.

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