It is no secret at this point that Arsenal would love to sign Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal from Real Madrid this summer.
The Norwegian joined us on loan in January and has been a huge hit. Odegaard has been brilliant for us in the number 10 role, and every Arsenal fan would love to see him return to the Emirates this summer on a permanent basis.
Sadly, not everything depends on Arsenal. Real Madrid hold all the cards and many felt that our recent decision to snub Florentino Perez’s European Super League would act against any possible deal for Odegaard.
That is a huge factor ahead of the summer transfer window, but if a latest report is to believed, Real Madrid are not interested in selling the Norwegian this summer – solely for footballing reasons.
Spanish outlet AS have claimed today that Zinedine Zidane is very keen to have Odegaard back this summer. He feels that Real Madrid are short of options in the middle of the park and keeping hold of the attacking midfielder makes more sense than letting him leave.
The report claims that Real Madrid will not even listen to any offers from Arsenal or any other club for Odegaard this summer. They view him as a fundamental piece in their project, and he is set to continue his career at the Bernabeu.
The Insider’s View:
That is a massive blow for Arsenal. Odegaard is the perfect player for Mikel Arteta in his system, and if it was up to the Gunners boss, he would keep him at the Emirates for a long, long time.
Sadly, it doesn’t look like it will happen. Odegaard is set to return to his parent club and Arsenal will have to consider other options this summer.
Edu and Arteta will have a lot to think about. There aren’t many players in the world who are as good as Odegaard. We will have to go above and beyond to get someone of the same quality in, which will be extremely difficult – especially if we drop out of Europe.