Norwegian media outlet VG have made a shock claim about the financials involved in Arsenal’s loan signing of Martin Odegaard.
The 22-year-old completed his move to the Emirates on Wednesday.
Multiple reports claimed that a deal with Real Madrid was done about five days prior to that, and a new revelation from VG has explained why it took so long to be completed.
The report claims that Odegaard demanded to be paid a lot more at Arsenal than he was earning in Madrid.
The Norwegian was on a £38,000-a-week deal at the Spanish capital, but it looks like he has convinced Arsenal to pay him over twice as much as that.
Odegaard will reportedly earn £100,000-a-week at Arsenal until the end of his loan deal.
The report claims that if the midfielder had agreed to stick to what he was earning at Madrid, he’d be on par with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and would make less than half as much as Cedric Soares.
The 22-year-old and his representatives weren’t really happy with that.
They demanded to be paid a lot more and Edu, after a few days of negotiations, reportedly agreed to hand him £100,000 every week until the end of his loan deal.
Arsenal Insider’s view
This new report certainly sounds strange. It is extremely unusual for players to negotiate a new salary when they are joining another club on loan.
The wages will usually be the same irrespective of where he goes. The only thing that’s up for debate is if the club signing on loan will cover the entire salary or if the parent club agrees to pay a part of what the player is contractually obligated to earn.
However, Arsenal were desperate to bring him in and he knew that. It would’ve been an easy move for his agents to demand a higher salary, and luckily for them, Edu obliged.
£100,000-a-week is a lot of money for a 22-year-old, but if Odegaard can live up to all the hype, no Arsenal fan will care.