When Arsenal turned down a £60 million bid for Tielemans in order to sign Martin Odegaard for £30 million, many Gunners were skeptical. However, the ex-Real Madrid player has proven his detractors wrong. Odegaard has grown in stature at Arsenal, and Arteta's naming him captain demonstrates that he is a cog in his project.
Alan Smith, commenting on the Norwegian's transformation, believes the midfielder is worth more than double what Arsenal paid for him. "Their recruitment, it’s so difficult to get these sorts of players. I think it shines a great light on the recruiting system. They are so well put together. I mean, they paid £30m for Martin Odegaard, and at the time, I think some fans were thinking ‘£30m for Odegaard’. But I mean you get £80m for him now easily," said Alan Smith.
In other news, Villareal's prodigy Yeremy Pino is still being linked with a move. According to Give Me Sport, Fabrizio Romano said, "I think the rumours of £35m-£40m are not so correct.
"I think Villarreal will want way more than this to sell Yeremi Pino this summer."
Meanwhile, Alex Crook admits to Give Me Sport that Arsenal's interest in Pino is genuine.
"Yeah, I think there is something in the Pino to Arsenal links," said Crook.
"I think, obviously, Arteta has said publicly that they’re not done yet.
"He’s a wide player, which I think they’re looking for because, obviously, they’ve given up on Nicolas Pépé."
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