TBR View: Arsenal loanee Odegaard doesn't warrant £51.6m transfer fee after report over asking price
Arsenal and their chase of an attacking midfielder seems to have reached a dead end with the latest reports claiming Real Madrid will demand €60m (£51.6m) for the transfer Martin Odegaard.
According to Defensa Central, the La Liga giants won’t accept a bid below their asking price for the Norwegian.
The north London outfit are keen on making the playmaker’s loan move a permanent one with Los Blancos open to selling.
Odegaard’s attitude shown back in January alongside the current financial situation at the club could lead to a transfer away.
However, the move will prove a bitter blow for the Gunners given their current plight. The outfit’s current financial situation means they need to sell players before they can buy some, as claimed back in December 2020.
It adds some question marks over a potential chase of the 22-year-old, who despite his decent performances doesn’t warrant a £50m+ price tag.
Even if he was worth the money, sales this summer aren’t likely to garner more than £50m.
Reports over Matteo Guendouzi’s future has claimed he’ll move to Marseille for just €12m-€15m. Meanwhile, Joe Willock is only fetching a £20m asking price despite scoring in seven Premier League games in a row.
Lucas Torreira and Hector Bellerin have also been linked with moves away. But with Arsenal looking to add players in a raft of positions, the budget will be stretched.
Mikel Arteta is said to be chasing a right-back, left-back centre-back, central midfielder and a number 10 over the next few months.
Whether they can raise the money needed is questionable. However, to be wasting the majority of that money on one average attacking midfielder would be a poor move.
Real Madrid ace, Odegaard didn’t do nearly enough last season to warrant a £50m+ price tag with Arsenal needing to find alternative transfer targets.
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