Real Madrid have a firm stance on Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard amid Arsenal’s potential bid to land the pair on permanent deals.
Ceballos is currently in his second season on loan with the Gunners, while Odegaard joined in January on a deal until the end of the season with Mikel Arteta wanting more creativity from his midfield.
And creativity he has got. Odegaard started for only the second time since his move to Arsenal on Thursday night has the Gunners drew 1-1 with Benfica in their Europa League Round of 32 first leg clash.
Odegaard shone with the highlight being his eye of the needle pass through to Cedric Soares, who in turn set up the equaliser, scored by Bukayo Saka.
The pass was one few could see, let along pull off, and Arsenal fans are already excited by what the Norwegian can add between now and the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Arteta is clearly a fan of Ceballos, bringing the midfielder back for a second season on loan, and there is already talk the Gunners could attempt to sign him permanently.
Ceballos could well be available, too, with Sport reporting Real Madrid are willing to ‘listen to offers’ for the midfielder this summer, opening the door for a permanent move to Arsenal.
That will be music to the ears of Arteta and Arsenal fans with Ceballos already racking up 26 appearances across all competitions this season.
Real Madrid signed Ceballos for around £15million from Real Betis in 2017, and it’s thought he is worth around £30million currently.
So, what about Odegaard? The 22-year-old might be early in his time at the Emirates Stadium, but fans will already be keen to see the Gunners make a move to sign him permanently from what they saw on Thursday night.
But a deal is not on the cards, according to Sport, who say Real Madrid are not willing to allow a permanent deal, keen for Odegaard to return ahead of next season, as he did following his impressive spell with Real Sociedad last term.
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The midfielder actually requested a loan ahead of joining Arsenal with Zinedine Zidane offering him little game time during the first half of the season, and it will be interesting to see where that relationship stands.
Zidane revealed after the move was completed that he told Odegaard to ‘stay and fight’ for his place at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the midfielder stood by his decision to leave in order to play regularly.
With Zidane’s future looking uncertain, it’s unclear what the situation will be come this summer, but what is clear is that Real Madrid want their Norwegian midfielder back and reporting for duty ahead of next season.