According to a report from The Athletic, Arsenal were lent a helping hand by super-agent Kia Joorabchian to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.
Joorabchian has been very vocal about Arsenal since Edu Gaspar came into the club. The super-agent is not only a close pal of our technical director, but he also represents ex-Gunners Willian and David Luiz.
Both Brazilians left Arsenal this summer in different circumstances. Luiz was released at the end of his contract, while his compatriot Willian was convinced to terminate his deal and leave on a free by Edu.
Joorabchian, as he’s supposed to be, was heavily locked in discussions with everyone at Arsenal over the summer. Edu seems to have used these constant talks and his personal relationship with the super-agent to get some help in a deal of our own.
Joorabchian helped Arsenal sign Odegaard
The Athletic have revealed how every one of Arsenal’s deals happened this summer. The Gunners completed six signings in total and the Norwegian was our second most expensive arrival at a fee of about £30 million. (BBC)
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That’s a fairly cheap price for a player of Odegaard’s quality, but the report claims, as well all know, that Arsenal were made to wait a while before this deal could be done between the three parties.
Odegaard wanted to stay at Real Madrid but Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to keep him out of the squad before the start of the Spanish season infuriated him. The Norwegian demanded to leave, but the Galacticos still weren’t willing to sanction a sale.
However, after failing to sell a bunch of other players they initially wanted to, Real Madrid agreed to let Odegaard leave. Arsenal were waiting on the wings to pounce, and when the Spanish giants appointed Joorabchian as an intermediary, things became a whole lot easier.
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Arsenal quickly wrapped up the deal thanks to Joorabchian’s help and that was that. Odegaard, labelled as ‘incredible‘ by Pep Guardiola, has joined us on a long-term deal and he has every quality to become a real star for us for the better part of the next decade.