Reports emerged yesterday suggesting Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard wants out of the club and Arsenal might finally see a door open for them to land him.
The Daily Mail claims Odegaard is looking for a way out of Madrid, with a possible loan move touted as an option this month.
Norwegian midfielder Odegaard moved to Madrid as a teenager and was instantly lauded as one of the world’s top prospects. However, his progress at the Bernabeu has been slow, and he’s spent most of his time out on loan at the likes of Vitesse and Real Sociedad.
However, Arsenal will be on red alert here. Odegaard is a player Unai Emery was said to have targeted in 2019, and with Mesut Ozil out the door, the Gunners could well look to refresh that interest.
Despite the emergence of Emile Smith-Rowe, it is widely accepted that Mikel Arteta wants another creative midfielder in the ranks.
The talent is there
Despite being restricted to just the seven appearances for Madrid this season, Odegaard has already proven himself more than capable in La Liga.
Per Transfermarkt, the Norway star made 36 appearances last season, contributing seven goals and nine assists along the way. Pretty impressive stuff from the then 21-year-old.
Odegaard, too, is what many would brand a ‘typical Arsenal player’. Good with the ball at his feet and in possession, capable of beating a man, and a player who excels in free-flowing football, he’d very much fit in at the Emirates.
At 22, he has so much to give and with funds tight at Arsenal this month, Odegaard could prove to be the ideal short-term tonic to help Mikel Arteta’s men out between now and June.