Arsenal could be handed the chance to sign Martin Odegaard permanently in the summer transfer window, with Real Madrid open to a sale.
That’s according to Sport, who say the player has made it clear he will not return to the club if Zinedine Zidane remains in charge.
Odegaard joined Arsenal on loan until the end of the season last month, having grown frustrated at a lack of playing time at the Bernabeu.
His hope was that regular football at the Emirates could give his Real Madrid career the boost it needs, with the Norwegian yet to convince Zidane despite a highly successful loan spell with Real Sociedad last season.
His loan deal at Arsenal does not include a purchase option and, with a contract at Madrid running until 2023, he was widely expected to return come to the summer.
However, Sport report that despite being in London for just a couple of weeks, Odegaard has now made it clear to Madrid he will not be returning if Zidane remains in charge.
This message is described as a ‘full-blown pulse’ from the Norwegian, who has become ‘a problem’ for the Spanish giants.
The fact he simply isn’t in favour with Zidane is a major problem, with the player wanting to be a regular but the Frenchman having his own priorities and ignoring the likes of Odegaard and Jovic in the process.
It’s a situation that’s seen several players leave the club already, and Odegaard has now made it clear he will join that group if he must.
The problem is that the decision rests solely with the club, although a positive is that Zidane will not force him to return if he does not want to work under him.
Thus, the door is there to be pushed open, and Madrid ‘could consider’ a sale in the summer if a ‘good offer’ were to arrive at their door, with Arsenal sure to be there if this loan spell proves to be a successful one.