Arsenal haven’t completely given up on signing Martin Odegaard this summer, despite the fact it’s looking more and more unlikely.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts suggested a move for Martin Odegaard isn’t completely off the table just yet.
Though the journalist admitted that the deal is looking more and more unlikely as the weeks go by, he added that Odegaard was initially Arsenal’s number-one option for the creative signing they’re still looking to make, and it’s not an impossible deal yet.
“For now, I wouldn’t totally rule out Odegaard,” Watts said. “They want a 10, a creative player. Martin Odegaard has been the priority. It is looking more and more unlikely, as the summer progresses and the weeks go by.
“But I don’t think, as far as I am aware, that Arsenal have absolutely given up the ghost when it comes to bringing Martin Odegaard back.”
There certainly hasn’t been much good news on the Odegaard front for a while now. Most recently, The Athletic suggested that Arsenal might have to start looking elsewhere, with the Real Madrid midfielder set to stay with his current club.
The suggestion was that Real don’t want to sell, and the player is in their plans for next season, so it would require him to force the move through. There’s no indication he’s willing to do that.
But there’s always the possibility the situation might change, particularly as Real have never followed through on giving Odegaard a proper chance in the past.
The 22-year-old made 20 appearances for Arsenal in a few months, but he’s only made 11 for the Real Madrid first team in six years. If it starts to look likely he’s set for another campaign on the bench, maybe that’s when an Arsenal move could be back on the cards.