Arsenal are reportedly facing two major problems should they hope to secure the signature of Martin Odegaard this summer.
The Norwegian spent a successful period on-loan at the Emirates Stadium last season, turning in enough positive performances for Mikel Arteta to consider bringing him back to the club.
football.london understands that the Spaniard is keen on recruiting a more creative midfielder this summer, with Odegaard fitting the bill alongside Leicester City’s James Maddison.
So far, little progress has been made on a deal, whether that be permanent or another loan and the Gunners now face even more problems should they hold aspirations of Odegaard returning to north London ahead of the 2021/22 season.
According to reports, AC Milan have now emerged as contenders for the Norwegian’s signature.
As per Tuttosport, Odegaard has been a long-term target of the Italian giants since at least last summer and with a vacancy in midfield following the departure of Hakan Calhanoglu to rivals Inter, he could be seen as an ideal replacement.
Of course, more competition, especially from Stefano Pioli’s men, could be problematic for the Gunners considering they can offer Champions League football, whilst Arsenal have no form of European competition to boast this season.
Regardless of AC Milan’s interest, the decision over Odegaard’s future remains solely with his parent club Real Madrid.
There have been conflicting reports over recent weeks regarding new manager Carlo Ancelotti’s stance on Odegaard’s position within the Los Blancos’ squad.
It was suggested that the Italian wanted to keep the 22-year-old as a result of an injury suffered by fellow midfielder Toni Kroos.
However, AS report that Madrid remain undecided over his future, which even if Arsenal remain interested in Odegaard, would make a deal extremely difficult should they elect to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Edu will certainly hope to overcome those considerable obstacles as he pursues a deal or he could be forced to move on to alternative targets.
Source by Football London