Later News Aug 19

Arsenal on the verge of sealing double transfer swoop; Chelsea part ways with Abraham

It looks like Mikel Arteta’s plan to shock the Arsenal owners into sanctioning new signings by losing to newly-promoted Brentford this past weekend has worked.


The Gunners are on the verge of sealing a double transfer swoop for playmaker Martin Odegaard and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, and are reportedly still in the market for at least one more new signing before the end of the transfer window.


Odegaard, who joined Arsenal on loan for the second half of last season, is expected to sign for the North London club from Real Madrid in a deal worth close to €40 million (S$63.5 million). The Norwegian made 20 appearances for Arteta’s men last season, where he scored two goals and recorded two assists.


WATCH: Odegaard's back-heel assist in Arsenal training


Odegaard is likely to be joined by goalkeeper Ramsdale, who has ominously already been relegated three times in his career (Chesterfield, Bournemouth and Sheffield United) despite being just 23 years of age. 


Amazingly, Ramsdale could end up costing Arsenal close to what they paid for Odegaard, with the Englishman reportedly commanding a fee that could be worth up to €35 million. Remember, this is a club who sold Copa America winner Emi Martinez, who boasts the valuable homegrown status, for a mere €23 million the season before.


Ramsdale was left out of Sheffield United’s squad in their midweek match against West Bromwich Albion, and after the game, Blades manager Slavisa Jokanovic effectively confirmed the departure of his goalkeeper, as he said: “It’s not really what I want but it’s difficult to stop this kind of situation. It’s a huge deal for the club and we have been relegated from the Premier League, so it’s complicated to say no.”


Both Ramsdale and Odegaard could be involved in the matchday squad for Arsenal for this weekend’s home clash against European champions Chelsea, if the deals are completed by Friday.


But even the two players might not be enough for Arsenal to see off the Blues, who are expected to unleash their €115 million prodigal son Romelu Lukaku on Pablo Mari, in what could be the most one-sided battle since Han Hui Hui stood for elections in Radin Mas at the 2015 elections.


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Thomas Tuchel, however, will not be able to call upon the services of striker Tammy Abraham, who has joined Jose Mourinho’s Roma for €40 million. Abraham, who finished as Chelsea’s joint top scorer last season with 12 goals, saw limited playing time under Tuchel, and the 23-year-old admitted he was pleased to be joining a club that valued his talents.


“You can sense when a club really wants you -- and Roma made their interest clear immediately,” said Abraham.


“Roma is a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies. I've had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again – so I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be.


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“It's a massive honour to be the No. 9 at this club and I just can't wait to get started and to help the team.”




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