The Real Madrid wants 80 million euros for Martin Odegaard, as Mikel Arteta admits that the immediate priority is to maximize the player’s production during the initial loan period, leaving discussions about what follows for the summer.
It was always going to be difficult to reach an agreement for Martin Odegaard with Real Madrid. They insist they don’t want to sell, but with two years remaining on his contract with Real Madrid at the end of his loan period with Arsenal, a decision will need to be made.
That, it seems, is asking 80 million euros (69 million pounds) for the player who is valued at around 36 million pounds. An agreement in the region of 50 million pounds would appear to be what is needed, then, to reach an agreement, unless Real Madrid refuse to negotiate. Given that they paid 2.52 million pounds for Odegaard, 50 million pounds would hardly represent a bad deal.
It’s still the early days for Martin Odegaard’s loan to Arsenal, but he’s already giving fans reasons to want him to join a permanent deal.
Martin Odegaard, Mikel Arteta’s wish
In the first start of his loan, Odegaard was part of one of the team’s best performances of the season. For at least the first 55 minutes against Leeds United, it was a very positive and exciting display.
Despite the disappointing draw with Benfica in Rome and the long-awaited loss to City, Odegaard once again showed quality moments. The fact that the 22-year-old has infiltrated Arsenal’s better side so quickly is clear evidence of his skill.
Mikel Arteta insists that Arsenal are focusing solely on getting the best out of him for now. Talks about a permanent transfer will take place later, and the situation will not be entirely in the hands of Arsenal, as we can see.
Reports suggest that Odegaard fueled the move in the first place, and Real Madrid could be open to selling multiple players this summer to raise funds.
But all the talk that has come out of the Spanish media up until this article suggests that Real Madrid is not willing to hand over the midfielder forever, so Arsenal have a job on their hands.