It is no secret that Arsenal want to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent deal this summer.
The Norwegian joined us on loan in January and he has become a fan favourite. He has been one of our best players in recent weeks and Arsenal supporters would love nothing more than to see him at the Emirates on a permanent deal.
Real Madrid have now reportedly made it clear that they want to sell Odegaard this summer. The Galacticos are planning a big rebuild and the the Norwegian, along with a number of other players, are set be used to raise funds.
90Min have claimed that Zinedine Zidane’s side will demand £40 million for Odegaard. That shouldn’t be that big a problem for Arsenal, who have paid a lot more for other players in the past.
However, the Norwegian’s salary demands could hugely complicate things for the Gunners, especially if we miss out on European football and the money that comes through it next season.
The report claims that Odegaard is demanding mammoth wages in the region of £200,000-a-week – almost twice as much as what he is currently earning on loan at the Emirates. (Read here)
The Insider’s View:
Under normal circumstances, the transfer fee and the wages involved should not be a problem for a club as big as Arsenal. However, the financial impact of the global pandemic and the possibility of no European football complicates everything.
The scenario is pretty straightforward for Arsenal now – win the Europa League and make it into next season’s Champions League, or forget about signing players of Odegaard’s quality this summer.
The pressure is well and truly on Mikel Arteta now. He has to put all his eggs in the Europa League basket, and if we can’t go all the way in that competition, we may as well kiss our chances of signing Odegaard goodbye.