Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has reportedly decided Martin Odegaard will be given a bigger role in the squad next season, ending Arsenal’s hopes of buying the Norwegian permanently.
Frustrated by the lack of playing time after ending a loan spell with Real Sociedad to return to Madrid, Odegaard left the La Liga champions for Arsenal in January. The six-month loan was designed to help her regain her fitness and fitness. For their part, Arsenal have a player who could effectively replace the frozen Mesut Ozil.
Odegaard made a positive impression during his time in North London. Attention quickly turned to whether Arsenal will be able to keep him permanently.
Speaking recently, Odegaard admitted he feels very comfortable with Arsenal.
“I’m really happy. Everything is going well here at the club,” he told the premier league. “I have felt at home from day one, I get along very well with my teammates and everyone at the club. I feel really good.
However, there have been conflicting claims about Arsenal’s chances of making the deal. Indeed, a lot depends on Zinedine Zidane. The legendary Real coach has not always found a place in his XI for the Norwegian midfielder.
However, according to Don Balon, Perez will intervene and bring Odegaard return to the Spanish capital. Spanish media claim the Los Blancos president was impressed with his Premier League form. As such, he is said to want Zidane to bring him into the fold.
Additionally, Perez believes Odegaard’s presence may be the key factor in the signing race. Erling Haaland. The Borussia Dortmund forward will likely be away this summer and charge huge fees. He will have his choice of clubs, but Perez is hopeful that the presence of compatriot Odegaard can guide Haaland in their direction.
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Arsenal offered Kubo as a replacement
News of Odegaard’s return to Real will be a blow to Mikel Arteta. Odegaard has two goals and two assists in 13 appearances for the Gunners. Indeed, the Gunners boss would desperately want to make the signing permanent.
But with that hope gone, Perez reportedly offered Arteta the chance to sign Takefusa Kubo as a replacement. The Japanese winger joined Real on a five-year contract with Yokohama in 2019.
Although he has yet to play for their first team, his development has been handled well with loans to Mallorca, Villarreal and Getafe.
Perez, however, reportedly offered Kubo to Arsenal, with Don Balon reporting that Arteta was enthusiastic.
The 19-year-old has one goal and four assists this season and has matured in La Liga. But a move to Arsenal would promote his growth and also give Arsenal the chance to replace Odegaard. While not, Kubo can play on the front line and is comfortable as a No.10.
And Don Balon claims Arteta, while sad to lose Odegaard, is warming up to the idea of bringing Kubo in this summer.
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