According to Sky Sports, Arsenal have approached Real Madrid about taking Norwegian international Martin Odegaard on loan for the rest of the season.
The midfielder was only 16 when – to much fanfare – he moved to the Bernabeu in 2015 but he’s only made 11 appearances, nine of which have come this season.
In the last three years, the 22-year-old has enjoyed season-long loan spells at Heerenveen and Vitesse in Holland and most recently at Real Sociedad. It seems he’s eager not to waste the second half of the current campaign and has asked to be allowed to leave again.
It’s no secret that the Gunners are on the hunt for a creative midfielder and, with money tight, it would make sense to be sniffing around a low-cost, short-term option.
Odegaard was in Arsene Wenger’s sights before he made the move to Madrid and is believed to have visited London Colney at the time.
Interestingly, Dani Ceballos was asked about Odegaard’s situation in an interview this week.
“Young players need to play regularly,” he told EFE. “At Real Madrid, I needed to know that I would have equal opportunities. I was obsessed with playing again.
“I wasn’t getting minutes, but I realised it was best to work and reverse the situation and be important [with another club].
“If I do this [go on loan], I’ll play again. It couldn’t have been any clearer.
“I can tell you what happened to me at Madrid. I don’t know exactly what will happen with Martin Odegaard, but it is obvious that any player who wants to succeed at Madrid is going to grab the opportunity he has.”
Update – it sounds as though this might not be as much of a goer as first thought. According to Kike Marin, Read Sociedad, for whom he thrived last season, are in pole position to sign Odegaard and they are his first choice.
Update 2 – Maybe we are in the mix. The Athletic claim Edu made contact with Real Madrid last week. Sounds like it may come down to the player.