Over the last couple of days, stories have emerged from Spain suggesting that Martin Odegaard is open to a return to Arsenal.
The Norway international joined us on loan from Real Madrid last January, making 20 appearances in all, and impressing many – not least Mikel Arteta – along the way.
The Spanish giants appeared to have given him assurances over his involvement at the Bernebeu next season, and the 22 year old even released a statement thanking the Gunners and the fans which seemed to close the door on a return.
@AranchaMOBILE can you confirm this?
— Arun (@aregmi450) July 27, 2021
However, the rumour mill is swirling with stories that Odegaard would like to come back to North London.
With Real Madrid desperate for cash to offset some of their gigantic debt, there’s room to do a deal, as Raphael Varane’s £35m move to Man Utd has demonstrated.
Odegaard currently has two years left on his contract, and although he has a valuation of around €40m, it’s not an impossible figure for Arsenal to reach if it goes that high. The presence of Emile Smith Rowe allows some room to let this one play out a bit longer, perhaps right until the end of the window.
Arsenal have been linked with other attacking midfielders, but it has always felt like this would be Arteta’s first choice. The relationship between the player and the manager is a strong one, and Odegaard felt at home during his spell in red and white last season.
It does feel like this one isn’t quite dead yet. We did a smart deal bringing him in on loan, can we do it again this summer?