Arsenal have Odegaard alternative lined up as loanee may be ‘too expensive’
Arsenal are set to revive their interest in Borussia Dortmund's Julian Brandt if they can't secure loanee Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.
The Norwegian moved to London in January after being surplus to requirements at Real and has made an immediate impression with two goals in 14 games.
However, according to Bild's Christian Falk, the 22-year-old could be "too expensive" for the Gunners, while Odegaard also has two years left on his contract with Los Blancos.
“I’m really happy. Everything is good here at the club,” Odegaard told the Premier League.
“I’ve felt at home since the first day, I get on really well with my team-mates and everyone at the club. I feel really good.”
Germany's Brandt, 24, could be the cheaper back-up plan for Mikel Arteta with a value of £22million.
Odegaard is playing quite well, and they would probably like to keep him,” Falk told his publication.
"They (Arsenal) will bring out the old plans from January. We have already talked about Julian Brandt from Dortmund and that he is a player that Arsenal would like."
Brandt was linked with a move to the Emirates in January, but Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc dismissed the speculation in December.
He said: "I can only repeat; there is not even the slightest bit of anything on the table.
"We can't do anything if rumours are constantly being spread that are not true."
The move might appeal to Brandt personally as he has only started 16 Bundesliga games under interim boss Edin Terzic.
Marco Rose takes over from Terzic this summer and it is unclear whether Brandt – who has three years on his contract – will get more chances on the pitch under his new boss.
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