According to Norwegian station TV2, Arsenal have reignited talks with Real Madrid as we look to secure Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal in the coming days.
Despite links with Houssem Aouar and James Maddison, it’s no secret that the 22-year-old is top of Mikel Arteta’s shopping list as we look to provide support to Emile Smith Rowe.
Arteta was very impressed with the way Odegaard acclimatised to life in England and spoke in glowing terms about his mentality on and off the pitch. In total he played 20 games for the Arsenal, scoring twice and making two assists.
Having kept a close eye on his performances at the Emirates, Madrid were happy to recall Odegaard from his six-month loan spell and hinted that he’d be given more regular opportunities under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
At that point, it looked like a deal with the Gunners was off – Odegaard even released a farewell message to the Arsenal fans – but pre-season hasn’t gone to his liking and he’s not had the reassurances he wanted to commit to another year in the Spanish capital.
Arsenal’s eagerness to do a deal, which could cost up to €45 million, should be helped by Real’s financial situation; they need to raise funds and will also be trying to offload Dani Ceballos.
TV2 states that Odegaard will not be in the Madrid squad for their opening game of the new season with Alaves.