Martin Odegaard could be on his way back to Arsenal sooner rather than later.
This didn’t appear to be the case a couple of months ago when the Norway international – who spent the second half of last season on loan with the Gunners – all but confirmed that he would be staying at Real Madrid for the new campaign, thus ruling out another spell at the Emirates Stadium.
“@Arsenal, Thank you so much for these 6 months,” he wrote on Instagram. “My time with the Arsenal family will always hold a special place in my heart.
“I wanna [sic] thank everyone in and around the club for the way you made me feel like a part of the family since the first day.
“Special thanks to the fans, even without you guys at the stadium for the majority of the season, I felt you with me at all times.
“A huge thank you to the boss and his staff for everything I’ve learned during my stay. Thank you also to all my teammates for such a great time on and off the pitch.
“Will miss you all. Thank you, gunners family. Always in my heart.”
However, with just under three weeks until transfer deadline day, there appears to have been a major development regarding the Gunners’ chances of signing Odegaard once again.
And this time it’s a permanent transfer as football.london understands that Arsenal are set to make a formal offer for the playmaker after he signalled his intent to leave Real Madrid.
Furthermore, according to reports in Spain, as per @MadridXtra on Twitter, Odegaard has chosen to leave the La Liga giants who are now willing to sell him and a deal could be completed in the ‘next few hours/days’.
It has also been suggested that Los Blancos may ask for around €40million-€50million (£34million-£42million) for Odegaard which is a fee that Arsenal are said to find acceptable and could be partially funded by Joe Willock’s imminent sale to Newcastle United for around £20million.
This development comes after Real Madrid dropped a ‘hint’ over Odegaard’s future by not allocating the midfielder a shirt number ahead of the new season.
Via the club’s official website, the 22-year-old is one of several players without a shirt number which would suggest he does not figure into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
With Arsenal seemingly closing in on a deal for Odegaard, that would all but end any interest in a move for Leicester City’s James Maddison who would cost at least £60million.
Source by Football London