Mikel Arteta ‘in love’ with Arsenal transfer target who has £43m release clause

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Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a move for Sevila midfielder Joan Jordan, with suggestions Mikel Arteta is ‘in love’ with the 26-year-old. The Gunners were linked with Jordan back in January, before Martin Odegaard arrived on loan.

Arteta would like to bring the Norwegian back next season and reports have suggested they could take him on a second loan deal next season.

The Arsenal boss is now shaping his frontline around the 22-year-old, who is clearly benefiting from a run of games for the Gunners.

Real Madrid are said to be unsure about bringing Odegaard back into the fold next season, with talks planned for the end of the season.

So with Odegaard’s Arsenal future stil uncertain, other midfield targets are being lined up.

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According to Marca, Emirates bosses are keeping a close eye on Jordan, with Arteta & Co. said to be in love with his style of play.

The report adds that the Spaniard has a release clause of €50m, which while at the top end of Arsenal’s budgest, could be a fee they could stretch to.

It is believed that no direct contact has yet been made with Sevilla, although Juventus are set to rival the Gunners for his signature.

With Arsenal’s season in danger of unravelling, Arteta has admitted that plans are already being out into place to act quickly in the summer window.

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Much of January was tailored to shiping out the deadwood within the squad and while he admits more could leave, he has hinted quality arrivals are required.

“We are planning everything for the summer, the same with the board, with [chief executive] Vinai [Venkatesham], with [non-executive director] Tim [Lewis], and with the owners,” he told Sky Sports.

“We are very clear on how we want to do it. When you have to change 10 or 12 things in one window [as in January] it’s a lot, and that has some consequences with what has happened in previous months and what is going to happen in the following months.

“We still have to do quite a lot of things to do, but we will get to the point, hopefully, where it’s just ticking off a few things and the stability is there, because you need that as well to be consistent and be competitive.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has taken aim at his former club, labelling their recent transfer activity as ‘ridiculous’, with suggestions it is being run like a retreat.

“For me, the biggest mistake they have made in the last few years is their ridiculous transfer activity,” Petit told Ladbrokes.

“They still have the power to get big players in. But the way they’ve spent money in the last six or seven years… who is directing that?

“I’m just asking that question: who is in charge of these decisions? Does the manager have a say, is it his responsibility? Or is it someone on the board?

“When I look at the older players in the team, it’s like they think it’s a retreat football club, somewhere you just go for a vacation,” he added. “They have ambition, but I don’t really expect them to win big games anymore.”

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