Arsenal transfer blow with Real Madrid looking to keep Martin Odegaard and use him to lure Haaland from Dortmund
MARTIN ODEGAARD could reportedly hold the key to Real Madrid signing Erling Haaland in a blow to Arsenal's quest to keep hold of the playmaker.
The 22-year-old Norwegian joined the Gunners on loan until the end of the season in January, and the club are keen for the midfielder to stay in North London beyond the summer.
When asked last month about the prospect of Odegaard remaining at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta said: "Yes, he certainly has all the qualities and characteristics that we are looking for.
"Then it will be down to two things. First of all, how well he adapts here and how much of an impact he can have in our team.
"Secondly, what Real Madrid and the player think about it because he’s owned by Real Madrid and the player has a big say in that too."
And according to Mundo Deportivo, Los Blancos have no intention of permanently selling the ex-Real Sociedad loanee.
They intend to tempt Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland to the Bernabeu by using his compatriot Odegaard.
Real are said to be hopeful that the pair's friendship will see Haaland join them ahead of any other club.
The 20-year-old hitman is being eyed by a number of teams as he will cost potential suitors just £65milllion in 2022 due to a clause in his contract.
BVB are unwilling to cash in on the player at the end of the campaign – leading to a frenzy of clubs competing for him next year.
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Despite Arsenal not having an option to buy Odegaard in the summer, Real are claimed to be annoyed that the midfielder hasn't confirmed he will be returning to Madrid.
The former Heerenveen ace said: "You never know what happens, but first of all my focus is about the rest of the season.
"Hopefully (I will) help the team, and then we’ll see what happens."
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