Martin Odegaard jokes that ‘beast’ Erling Haaland ‘needs to come to Arsenal’ if he makes a Premier League move… after Man City agreed a deal worth over £500,000 a week with the Borussia Dortmund striker
- Erling Haaland has become one of the most sought after strikers in the world
- The Norwegian international is wanted by a host of European clubs this summer
- Martin Odegaard joked he has to join Arsenal if he chooses the Premier League
- Odegaard has described Haaland as a ‘beast’ that can play in any ‘league’
- However, Man City’s pursuit of Haaland has taken a significant step forward
Haaland, who has a £63million release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract, has become one of the most sought after strikers in the world and is wanted by a host of European sides this summer.
Odegaard has said he is not surprised by the hype surrounding the Norwegian international and referred to him as a ‘beast’ that can ‘can play in every league, in every country’.
Martin Odegaard has joked that his ‘good friend’ Erling Haaland must sign for Arsenal
The Dortmund striker (left) and Odegaard (right) play together in the Norwegian national team
It is believed that Manchester City have taken a significant step forward in their pursuit to sign Haaland this summer.
Sportsmail recently revealed that Haaland had agreed to a deal that would see him earn more than £500,000 a week with the Premier League giants.
However, that did not stop Odegaard from joking that his international team-mate would have to join Arsenal if he chose to swap the Bundesliga for the Premier League this summer.
When asked about Haaland’s future by StadiumAstro, the Arsenal star said: ‘He [Haaland] is a funny guy. A good friend of mine and a great player.
Haaland, 21, has become one of the most highly sought after strikers in world football
Odegaard is calling for Haaland to join him at Arsenal, but Manchester City are in pole position
‘We will see what he will do. I don’t know. But, if he is coming to England, he needs to come to us of course. No, I don’t know what he will do but he is a great guy.
‘To be honest we haven’t talked too much about it. I know he has so many people trying to ask him and to tell him what to do and I don’t want to do that. So, we will have to wait and see.’
When asked whether Haaland would suit the physicality of the Premier League, Odegaard said: ‘He’s a beast.
‘He is strong, he is fast, and I think he has everything. So, I think he can play in every league, in every country to be honest.’
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City’s pursuit of Haaland has taken a big step forward
Haaland could surpass Kevin De Bruyne (centre) as the highest-paid player in the City squad
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City have registered an interest in signing Haaland this summer. However, it is Pep Guardiola’s side that are said to be leading the transfer race.
Having recently agreed terms with Haaland’s representatives, City are expected to trigger the 21-year-old striker’s £63m release clause at Dortmund.
Should a deal go through, Haaland will become the highest-paid player in the Manchester City side.
A salary in excess of £500,000 a week would propel him beyond the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, who earns around £385,000.
Additionally, Guardiola is keen to push a deal over the line before Manchester City’s trip to the United States in July.
Arsenal must find a striker as it is looking more and more likely that Alexandre Lacazette (right) and Eddie Nketiah (left) will leave the club when their contracts expire this summer
Meanwhile, Arsenal must find a striker of their own as it is looking more and more likely that Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will leave the club on a free transfer when their contracts expire this summer.
The Gunners are discussing a potential move for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus as he could be forced further down Guardiola’s pecking order following the arrival of Haaland.
Arsenal technical director Edu reportedly held talks with the Brazil international’s representatives, while boss Mikel Arteta is said to be eager to work with him again after previously connecting during his previous role at the Etihad Stadium.