Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Sergio Ramos shock interest, Odegaard says goodbye, Nuno Tavares CLOSE, Zielinski eyed


Martin Odegaard has said an emotional goodbye to the club, after returning to Real Madrid.

The Norwegian spent the second half of last season on loan in North London from the Spanish giants.

He wrote: “Thank you so much for these 6 months.

“My time with the Arsenal family will always hold a special place in my heart.

“I wanna thank everyone in and around the club for the way you made me feel like a part of the family since the first day.

“Special thanks to the fans, even without you guys at the stadium for the majority of the season, I felt you with me at all times.

“A huge thank you to the boss and his staff for everything I’ve learned during my stay.

“Thank you also to all my teammates for such a great time on and off the pitch. Will miss you all.

“Thank you, gunners family. Always in my heart.”

But more positively, the Gunners’ hopes of signing Sevilla star Jules Kounde have been boosted after Manchester United turned their attention elsewhere, reports suggest.

Kounde enjoyed a stunning campaign with the Andalusians as he made 49 appearances across all competitions and earned immense interest from the Premier League.

United, Arsenal and Tottenham are said to be keeping tabs on the star centre-back, whose impressive performances in LaLiga earned him an international call-up by France for Euro 2020.

But Dean Jones recently told The Done Deal Show that the Red Devils are prioritising other defensive targets, mainly Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

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And finally, Nuno Tavares snubbed a more lucrative contract from Real Sociedad to sign for Arsenal instead, according to reports.

The 21-year-old jetted into London on Friday to seal the £7million move from Benfica but could have ended up in Spain after Sociedad’s last-gasp bid.

Left-back Tavares is believed to have agreed a contract until 2026 in North London in a deal worth £7m plus add-ons.

Portuguese agent Cesar Boaventura and UK-based agency Sync Global were vital in ensuring Tavares chose Arsenal instead of Sociedad, according to the Mail.

Despite the LaLiga outfit being willing to cough up more cash, Boaventura is said to have convinced him to stick with Mikel Arteta’s men.


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