Arsenal has been busy in last few weeks as they were trimming the squad to make space for possible arrivals. The first move for a creative midfielder might be done by the North London club. According to a report by Sky Sports, Arsenal has approached Real Madrid for acquiring Norwegian star Martin Odegaard.
Ever since the rumors about 22-year-old wanting to leave the Spanish giants on loan emerged, he has been linked to clubs such as Real Sociedad and Arsenal. Real Madrid is currently considering the latest proposal from the North London club.
The young Norwegian was seen as the future superstar of Real Madrid when he joined the club in January 2015. At that time, Real Madrid fought Bayern Munich and Arsenal to land the promising young 16-year-old for just €4 million.
Today, even though he is worth at least €45 million, his future at Bernabeu looks bleak. Odegaard has played just 367 minutes this season for the Spanish Giants after enjoying a productive loan spell at Real Soceidad last season. He had seven goals and nine assists to his name last season. In order to find more regular playing time with a first-team, the midfielder seems to be leaning towards leaving the club on loan again.
As Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has already spoken about wanting to strengthen his squad, particularly in attacking midfield, Odegaard could be a great option. Furthermore, Arsenal may have a secret weapon in their reported bid to land Odegaard.
The Gunners have apparently already dealt with Odegaard’s agency NSKY when they landed Swedish youngster Nikolaj Moller from Malmo. Since both these players belong to the same agency, it means Arsenal already has a working relationship with the Odegaard’s representatives. Arsenal did business with Real Madrid two years in a row to sign Dani Ceballos on loan, so things may go in their favour if they want to sign Odegaard.
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