According to a fresh report by Sky Sports, Arsenal have approached Real Madrid with an offer of a loan deal for Martin Odegaard.
The 22-year-old is an extremely gifted attacking midfielder, which perfectly suits what technical director Edu recently confirmed the club are on the lookout for. He spent last season on loan with Real Sociedad, and even though that deal was supposed to last two years, his excellent performances at the Anoeta Stadium, coupled with the financial issues Real are going through due to the ongoing pandemic, prompted an early recall.
However, it seems that head coach Zinedine Zidane still hasn’t made a proper plan for utilizing the talents of the 22-year-old playmaker, and as revealed on Tuesday by Marca, he is frustrated with the situation and has asked to leave on another loan this month. Zidane would apparently like to keep hold of the player, but his wish stems more from trying to play it safe in case of an injury crisis in the near future, than from an intention to give Odegaard a real chance in the famous white shirt.
Sky Sports journalist Paul Gilmour reports that, according to his sources, this is the second approach the Gunners have made for Odegaard, after the first one was rejected. Real are now considering it, and the deal is far from certain, given that there is interest in his services elsewhere. That apparently includes at least one more Premier League club.
Valued at €40 million by Transfermarkt, Odegaard prefers to play as a classic No.1o, between the midfield line and the striker, centrally. He is also capable of playing on either attacking flank.
Arsenal could make a real coup with this deal, if their offer is accepted. Odegaard’s contract with the Spanish giants expires in 2023.