Arsenal have stepped their interest in Martin Odegaard as they progress in advanced talks with his current club, Real Madrid. Reports emerging from Spain have indicated that Real Madrid have not registered Odegaard and that he will not be a part of their opening game against Deportivo Alaves. T
he Norway international wants a move away from Spain as he thinks he is not a part in the plans of the new gaffer, Carlo Ancelloti, and now has ultimately decided to leave the club. It is reported that the deal would be in the region of 50m euros, and Arsenal are closing in on the expensive price tag placed by Real Madrid.
Arsenal to get Martin Odegaard?
Odegaard spent the second half of the season at Arsenal on a short-term loan as he made 14 appearances under Mikel Arteta. The Arsenal manager is known to be a big admirer of Odegaard, who certainly impressed everyone in such a short time while at Arsenal. If Odegaard was to be sold, Arsenal was always the likely destination for the attacking midfielder, the playmaker enjoyed the love of the fans and the trust of the coach, who not only gave him playing minutes but also gave him a free role which he wasn’t able to get at Real Madrid.
Attacking midfielder is a position Arsenal severely lacked the previous season and thus suffered because of which they finished a shocking 8th in the Premier League. Since the beginning of the transfer window, the club has been linked to several attacking midfielders, including the likes of James Maddison and Houssem Aouar. James Maddison is a deal that could prove to be very difficult financially considering the covid hit market.
Going into the transfer window, Martin Odegaard was always the club’s number one target and now that they have a solid chance of signing him, the club will definitely pounce on it and make the most out of it. With all parties mutually agreeing for a move, this deal could be done in a matter of few days.