Arsenal ‘to request second Martin Odegaard loan’ in Real Madrid transfer meeting
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Arsenal will ask Real Madrid if they can take Martin Odegaard on loan for a second season as a result of the impact he has made since arriving in January, reports claim. It’s no secret that Mikel Arteta would love to keep the Norwegian long-term, however, Real Madrid are yet to decide whether they are willing to let the player go.
Not only that but Odegaard’s fine form since arriving in north London has inflated his value, something that is likely to prove problematic for Arsenal at the end of the season, should they wish to pursue a permanent deal.
Odegaard was not short of suitors when he decided he wanted to leave Real Madrid on loan in January due to a lack of game time.
The playmaker has loved his time at Arsenal so far despite his side’s inconsistency, due to the fact Arteta has made him feel cherished.
The Arsenal boss is now shaping his frontline around the 22-year-old, who is clearly benefiting from a run of games for the Gunners.
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Although Real Madrid are unsure whether they would be willing to let Odegaard join Arsenal, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims technical director Edu is keen to secure another loan agreement.
“Odegaard is doing so well. We always say it was a great deal,” Romano told the Que Golazo Podcast.
“But when you are so young, at a big club like Real Madrid moving to another big club like Arsenal, playing in the Premier League is not easy. He’s performing so well, they are also so happy with him outside the pitch.
“He is also very professional in training so they are really happy with him. So we will see what happens as it’s a simple loan with no buy option but from Arsenal’s side, they will try, really, to keep Martin Odegaard for one more season.
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“From Real Madrid they are saying ‘he is our player, so we are ready for him back in the summer’.
“So it will be interesting to see the negotiation between Arsenal and Real Madrid.
“They will hold a meeting at the end of the season to also talk about [Dani] Ceballos, Odegaard but for sure it’s an interesting one as Odegaard is performing so well.
“At the moment Real Madrid are saying ‘he’s coming back’ so let’s see what Zinedine Zidane decides and whether he will be the manager of Real Madrid.”
Should Arsenal fail to qualify for Europe next season, Arteta’s spending power is likely to be entirely dependent on selling players.
Ceballos’ second loan spell at the Emirates Stadium is set to come to an end this summer, with Arsenal unlikely to be able to afford both him and his Real Madrid team-mate.
Meanwhile, Arteta hopes that Odegaard’s upbeat morale will give Arsenal a chance of keeping for a longer period of time.
“I speak with him every day,” said Arteta. “I see his face, his body language and he seems really happy right now here.
“Our contract with him is until the end of the season. What we have to do is try to make him perform, develop and be as happy as he can be.”
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