Arsenal are reportedly ready to pursue their interest in Martin Odegaard with a permanent offer this summer, as Real Madrid look to raise funds for a rebuild.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League - Emirates Stadium Arsenal s Martin Odegaard centre celebrates scoring their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday March 14, 2021. Copyright: Nick Potts
Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard (centre) celebrates scoring the first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday, March 14, 2021. Copyright: Nick Potts

The Times report that it has become apparent that Real Madrid will listen to offers for Martin Odegaard this summer, as they look to fund their squad rebuild. For their part, Arsenal are ‘ready to step up their interest’ in a permanent move for Odegaard.

This somewhat conflicts with reports from Spain, suggesting Real Madrid don’t want to discuss a permanent exit for the player. But it’s not unusual for sources around the selling club to claim a player isn’t for sale at the start of negotiations, even if they actually are.

There’s also the fact that recent reports have suggested Odegaard himself wants to stay with Arsenal beyond the end of the season. Whether that’s on a permanent deal or another loan, the 22-year-old is clearly impressed with Mikel Arteta and his project.

Odegaard has made 12 appearances for Arsenal so far, and the fans have already taken to him.

The 22-year-old scored a couple of crucial goals in the North London derby and the Europa League last-16, and he was pivotal in Arsenal’s three-goal comeback against West Ham. It’s no surprise he won Arsenal’s Player of the Month award for March.

If The Times are right are Real really are willing to listen to offers, we can only hope Arsenal put in a good one and get the transfer done this summer.

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