Arsenal: Arteta lauds 'intelligent' Odegaard
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Arsenal have received a huge boost in their bid to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent deal, with reports suggesting the Spanish giants want to sell the Norwegian wonderkid. Odegaard has been brilliant while on loan at Arsenal, and is apparently up for sale this summer.
Odegaard could well stay in the Premier League next season, despite his loan spell expiring this summer.
The Norway captain signed on loan during the January transfer window, and it was originally reported that Madrid wouldn’t consider selling him permanently.
Odegaard took to the Premier League with ease and immediately impressed, quickly working his way into Mikel Arteta’s favoured XI.
Arsenal remain eager to sign him in the summer, it is believed, and they could now have a hope.
Madrid are struggling financially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it has been claimed that they are willing to put a host of their top earners up for sale.
Odegaard, despite not being in the same wage bracket at some of the other stars at the Bernabeu, is still under contract until 2023.
And The Times claims that Madrid are willing to offer him out this summer in an attempt to raise money for a bid for Erling Haaland.
That update will give Arsenal hope that they can negotiate a reasonable fee with Madrid.
Odegaard himself is said to be willing to stay at Arsenal permanently, having developed a strong relationship with Mikel Arteta.
It isn’t just Arsenal who could gain from Madrid’s fire sale, however.
Gareth Bale, who is currently on loan at Tottenham, will also be offered out this summer.
The Welshman has recently stated he plans on returning to the Bernabeu this summer, but then backtracked by saying he didn’t know where he’d be next summer.
And The Times claims he will be put on the transfer list this summer along with three other current loanees.
Brahim Diaz, who is out on loan at AC Milan, will be allowed to leave on a permanent deal, as will Luka Jovic, who is currently playing for Eintracht Frankfurt.
Arsenal may also have an interest in signing Dani Ceballos on a permanent deal, as he will also be available.
The Spanish midfielder has spent the last two seasons at the Emirates and will apparently be offered a route away from the Bernabeu this summer.
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