Real Madrid may have dropped the biggest hint yet that Martin Odegaard could be allowed to rejoin Arsenal this summer.
Just like in the January transfer window, one of the Gunners’ main transfer priorities this summer, in terms of incomings, is to sign a creative midfielder and there have been links to a number of players across Europe.
Julian Brandt and Emi Buendia are just two of the names tipped to make a move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer transfer window.
However, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s preference is to sign Odegaard on a permanent basis after the attacking midfielder impressed while on loan from Real Madrid during the second half of the season.
“We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do, but he’s not our player,” Arteta said after the 2-0 win over Brighton.
“We will have to discuss in the next few weeks what and respect first of all because he’s a Real Madrid player and have those communications.
“We tried to make everything that we could to get Martin [Odegaard] performing for the team, which I think he’s done. He has adapted really well to our way of playing and to our football club.
“Hopefully, we have given him as well the hope and the feeling that it could be a good place for him.”
Although, as revealed by football.london, if Gunners technical director Edu fails in his attempts to bring Odegaard back to north London, then it will be Emiliano Buendia who becomes the prime target with an offer being prepared for the £40m-rated playmaker.
While it’s clear that Arsenal have a plan for the summer window, they might not need to look for alternatives to the Norway international.
Interestingly, Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has extended his contract by a further year.
“Luka Modric signed his contract renewal at Real Madrid City, alongside president Florentino Perez,” a statement reads via the club’s official website.
“The Croatian midfielder will remain at our club until 30 June 2022. Following the signing, he was presented with a jersey with his name and the number 2022 on the back.”
Of course, Modric staying for another season doesn’t necessarily mean that Odegaard will be put up for sale.
But given there’s not likely to be any change to Madrid’s midfield options – that also include Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Fede Valverde – next season, it might be a sign that first-team football won’t be guaranteed for the 22-year-old upon his return to the Spanish capital.
If that’s the case then Arsenal’s chances of reaching an agreement with Los Blancos for Odegaard have been given a boost.
Source by Football London