Arsenal in 'pole position' to complete transfer for Martin Odegaard alternative

Arsenal have an alternative to Martin Odegaard if he cannot be signed permanently from Real Madrid. Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep the Norwegian but it might not be possible this summer transfer window.

Arsenal are in pole position to sign Nabil Fekir as they eye alternatives to Odegaard this summer.

The Gunners are desperate to land the Norway international on a permanent basis following a fine start to life since his move on loan from Real Madrid in January.

It comes after goals against Tottenham and Olympiacos were followed up by a stellar performance against West Ham when Arsenal were 3-0 down.

Arteta made signing the 22-year-old a priority but with every good game comes another problem.

Real Madrid are happy to let Odegaard continue his fine form as they have big plans for him in the future.

However, even if Los Blancos do decide to let him go there will be many more attractive suitors ready to pounce who can offer Champions League football.

In that case, Arsenal are eyeing alternatives should they fail to land Odegaard and have settled on Real Betis ace Fekir.

According to TuttoMercatoWeb via Sport Witness, the Gunners are in pole position to land the France international.

Fekir recently changed agents and is keen to make the next step in his career after two seasons in La Liga.

Arteta is a great admirer of the former Lyon star, who nearly signed for Liverpool in 2018 but a failed medical saw a transfer fall through.

There has yet to be a formal approach from Arsenal but that situation can change quickly going into the summer window.

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