Arsenal and Real Madrid have agreed over one particular part of the Martin Odegaard deal.
The problem is that Real Madrid have every intention of getting Odegaard back this summer, viewing the Norwegian midfielder as a ‘fundament piece’ of their future, according to reports in Spain.
Odegaard is tied down to a long-term contract and with a release clause of around £301million, it appears Arsenal are stuck in between a rock and a hard place.
It’s going to take some doing for the Gunners to convince Real Madrid to sell, but they are not giving up hope with Odegaard himself hinting that he would like to make his move permanent.
“I’m really happy. Everything is good here at the club,” he said in an interview with the Premier League. “I’ve felt at home since the first day, I get on really well with my team-mates and everyone at the club, and I feel really good.”
Though, Odegaard has also said it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Real Madrid, so it’s fair to say any potential move is well and truly up in the air.
And that’s the way it will stay with Arsenal and Real Madrid agreeing on one thing.
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According to Goal, Arsenal and Real Madrid have agreed not to formally discuss Odegaard’s future until after the season.
Real Madrid are attempting to get back into the thick of the La Liga title race currently, while also trying to add to their Champions League title haul.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are outsiders in the Premier League top six race and still in with a shot of winning the Europa League this season.
It seems all of those things will take priority for both clubs while Odegaard continues his development with the Gunners for the time being.