Arsenal ‘willing to make Martin Odegaard’s loan permanent’ as Real Madrid calls him on the list of players they want to sell to raise money for the purchase of Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappé
- Martin Odegaard joined the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid in January
- The Norwegian attacking midfielder has since scored twice in 12 games
- Odegaard has not achieved a first team place in the Bernabeu for six seasons
- Arsenal is the fourth club he has been loaned to during that time
- Real are reportedly willing to sell him and Arsenal would be interested in buying
Arsenal are ‘ready to make Martin Odegaard’s loan permanent’ after it became clear that Real Madrid was willing to sell him to raise money to buy Kylian Mbappé or Erling Haaland.
The 22-year-old Norwegian attacking midfielder joined The Gunners in January and has since scored two goals in twelve games for Mikel Arteta’s side.
He could reportedly be one of nine players Real will try to offload over the summer to finance the purchase of Mbappé or Haaland, both of which will cost more than £ 150m.
Arsenal ‘could make Martin Odegaard’s loan permanent in the summer’, as Real Madrid calls the Norwegian among the nine players they want to release
Odegaard has played 12 games for the Gunners since he was loaned out in January
According to The timesReal was able to sell Odegaard for £ 35 million after Zinedine Zidane did not offer him a chance to compete for a starting place at the Bernabeu.
He started just three LaLiga and two Champions League appearances for Real in the first half of the season, either spending most of the time injured or warming the bench, and asking to be loaned out.
Arsenal’s loan is Odegaard’s fourth since Real signed him for £ 2.5 million in 2015 after previous stints with Heerenveen, Vitesse Arnhem and Real Sociedad.
Odegaard’s six years with Real Madrid were frustrating as playing time was very limited
Real Madrid will fire a number of players to raise money to make summer offers on Erling Haaland (left) or Kylian Mbappé (right)
In total, he played just 11 games for Real’s first team at the time and his chance is unlikely to come, even if Zidane leaves his post in the summer.
Real’s list of player sales for fundraising also includes Gareth Bale, who is currently on loan to Tottenham, forward Luka Jovic and another Arsenal lender, Dani Ceballos.
Arsenal reportedly will not sign Ceballos when his second season with the club ends.
Determined to make a statement this summer despite their financial troubles, Real held talks with Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland this week.