Arsenal have received an update on their potential pursuit of Martin Odegaard today.
According to The Athletic, the Norway international is likely to remain at Real Madrid.
Odegaard has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer. However, the Spanish giants were said to have demanded more than €60m (£51.7m) for a permanent transfer.
And on the face of it, losing out on you number one transfer target for the number 10 position is a bitter blow. But, the move may have just saved the outfit millions in the transfer market.
The 22-year-old joined the club in the January transfer window, and things started slowly.
Odegaard endured an average start in N5. However, things picked up as he scored in back-to-back games against Olympiacos and Tottenham.
But, as Arsenal started struggling, so did the Norway captain.
He went missing in some games and after a return back from injury found himself on the bench towards the end of the season.
His performances weren’t all bad. The attacking midfielder showed glimpses of the quality which saw Real Madrid sign him as a 16-year-old.
Overall, his time at Arsenal was littered with inconsistencies.
And whilst Mikel Arteta’s side struggled as a whole, there are still a few red flags with regards to signing the youngster.
For starters, his massive transfer fee.
Paying over £50m for a player who failed to string together many good performances would be a foolish decision.
Then there’s the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe.
Undoubtedly, the Croydon-born youngster’s best moments have come behind the number nine.
His versatility means he can feature on either wing, but, that would limit his qualities far too much.
The display away to West Brom last season sticks in the memory. He ran the show for the Gunners as they thrashed the Midlanders.
The update on Odegaard is a relief for Arsenal. Potentially paying more than £50m for a player who hasn’t proven his worth would’ve been a horrible decision.