‘Main target’: Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal prefer to sign £42m star over James Maddison

Arsenal continue to prioritise a summer deal for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard despite the constant links with James Maddison, reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano claims.

The Gunners are searching for a creative midfielder, and it has recently emerged that they could pursue the services of Maddison from Leicester City.

Maddison won’t come cheaply with a £70m price tag. The Gunners may need to recoup funds from player sales before they can afford him.

Amidst this, Romano has emphasised that Odegaard remains the ‘main target’ for the Gunners, and they are keen on landing him permanently.

Odegaard spent the back end of last season on loan with the Gunners. He made a good impression in his 20 games.

The Norwegian contributed two goals and two assists, and also created several other chances leading to goals.

Odegaard could only improve with consistent game time that has not been the case at the Bernabeu.

If Madrid decide to sell him, he could be available for around £42m this summer.

A deal could be complicated with Los Blancos likely to demand a buy-back clause.

The recent injury to Toni Kroos could also hamper the Gunners’ prospects of landing Odegaard.

Kroos has sustained a sports hernia, and could be out of action for at least one month.

Odegaard could end up staying with Madrid and take his chance to impress from the starting line-up.

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