The Norwegian midfielder returned to Los Blancos after a loan spell with the Gunners
It was emotional for Arsenal fans when they said goodbye to Martin Odegaard this summer. Maybe no other loanees got that much love at Emirates at that age. The 22-year-old made an act of sweet revenge in North London last season by showing his real class to his parent team.
His season performance was more than enough to answer all the questions of his critics. From 20 appearances, he scored two goals and assisted for two. It was a half-season campaign, but it seems like quite a long-term presence for fans.
According to the latest transfer updates, there is a shoutout among Arsenal fans to sign back the player on a permanent basis. Mikel Arteta also would love to see Odegaard leading his midfield as he is desperately looking for a permanent solution in the midfield from the summer window.
But, things are quite different with the player’s new outfit. He got a contract till 2023 with the La Liga giants Real Madrid. The attacking midfielder got a lot of improvements from his state of departure from the Spanish capital.
The Italian tactician is back in action in Los Blancos. The second term of the manager will demand a complete reconstruction of the squad. Also, Madrid are going through a transition period after the exit of the leader Sergio Ramos.
Meanwhile, the exit of Raphael Varane is almost in its final stage and the Frenchmen will take the red shirt of Manchester next season. United are setting up the stage for the World Cup winner as it is a feel-good climax for them after a long fight for the player.
Good hints for Arsenal
The summer transfer window is still open for business and sources suggest a return journey for Odegaard to North London. The midfielder trained with Madrid and featured in the pre-season fixtures. According to the reports from Spain, Carlo Ancelotti is impressed with the talent and included him in the plan for next season.
Also, he can replace the current aging midfield of Madrid with great assurance. Although, the recent incident from the training sessions paved the way for interpretations that result in Odegaard’s return.
One Arsenal fan posted a video from Real training in which the players are practicing shooting. All the players got celebrations after their kick, but Odegaard received none. This went viral in social media and some of the pundits came up with narrations about the player’s discontentment in the club.
This heated up the discussions back in North London. Arsenal are chasing down the Leicester City, attacking midfielder James Maddison alongside other options. The Foxes are ready to hear the offers for the English international.
Although, the Odegaard deal remains an open book. Real Madrid are yet to make an addition in the attacking department. The signing of David Alaba was the only transfer activity of the Los Blancos this summer.
Odegaard is valued around the range of £36 million, and Madrid will go for more if a deal happens. The chance of a deal is less and if Arsenal can throw some decent money, they can seal the player forever.