Real Madrid want to keep Martin Odegaard, but they could consider a sale to Arsenal or elsewhere if they end up deciding to make a big-money signing.

Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard comes on as a substitute during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard comes on as a substitute during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

ESPN report that Real Madrid do want to keep Martin Odegaard at the end of his loan spell with Arsenal, as things stand. However, they may also see him as an asset to sell if they look to sign an Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe.

For Arsenal’s part, they’re keen to sign Odegaard, but they’re not the only ones. ESPN claim at least two other Premier League clubs have also expressed an interest.

Right now, Odegaard is sidelined with an injury, but he’s had a positive impact in his short loan spell so far.

The midfielder won the Goal of the Month award for his strike against Olympiacos in March, he scored in the North London derby and he was the only player who turned up for the full match against West Ham United.

Mikel Arteta thinks Odegaard is happy with Arsenal, and reports suggest the Norway international would like to remain with the club – though he’s not willing to force a move out of Madrid if they don’t receive a reasonable offer for him.

To sum up, it would be good news for Arsenal’s chances if Real Madrid suddenly look like starting to move to sign a mega-money striker. It would also be good if Arsenal started winning some games so they could afford to outbid their rivals come summer.

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