Football journalist Fabrizio Romano has been sharing some details regarding on-loan Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard and his future with the north London club.
This comes after Romano co-hosted a recent episode of the Here We Go Podcast where he spoke about a range of transfer-related topics concerning a variety of clubs across Europe.
On the subject of Odegaard and the possibility of Arsenal signing him on a permanent deal during the upcoming summer transfer window when his loan deal from Real Madrid expires, Romano had this to say on the matter. (17.25)
He said: “At the end of the season and now we have to wait like one month then they will meet with Real Madrid. The key will be Zinedine Zidane, so if Zidane will stay, Arsenal will try just because he wasn’t playing with Zidane so they hope that something could happen with Zidane on the bench.
“If Zidane will leave obviously let’s say who will be the manager but at the moment Real Madrid are not planning for Odegaard right now and it’s the same for [Dani] Ceballos, they will have a meeting with Arsenal at the end of the season.
“All they can say is that Arsenal, 100%, they will try and fight to find a solution to keep Odegaard one season more, [it] won’t be easy because Real Madrid count on him and they are convinced he could be a player for the future, but Arsenal will try so there will be a negotiation.”
Since arriving at Arsenal, the 22-year-old, who is currently valued at £36 million, has made 12 appearances for the Gunners across the Premier League and Europa League, scoring two goals in the process (per Transfermarkt).
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TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments on Odegaard and his future with Arsenal…
Given how it was recently reported by Football.London that Odegaard has supposedly told those close to him that he would like to stay at Arsenal beyond the end of this season, this would be a big boost for the north London club’s chances of signing him on a permanent deal in the summer or at least securing him on loan for another year as Romano mentioned in his podcast.
In our view, if Odegaard would be guaranteed more playing time at Arsenal than he would be at Real Madrid, then perhaps it would be beneficial for his career to stay at the north London club for the foreseeable future.