Arsenal will have to shell out €80 million if they are to acquire the services of Martin Odegaard, who is not in the French tactician Zinedine Zidane’s good books, Defensa Central reports.
The Real Madrid playmaker does not share a great relationship with the hierarchy, particularly due to his decision to sign for Arsenal on loan, during the January transfer market.
Although the board did grant his wish, Zidane had favoured the player to remain in the Spanish capital.
Martin is set to return to Spain after the end of the campaign. He’ll be welcomed with open arms by Los Blancos, but the ace still needs to prove himself to Zinedine in order to become a senior team regular at the club.
As for Arsenal, the club may have to fork out an extravagant €80m if they are to secure his services permanently.
The 22-year-old playmaker had made only seven appearances in the Spanish top-flight prior to his move to Emirates in January.
While he certainly didn’t enjoy a quick start to his life at Arsenal, he is finally starting to become a crucial component in the team’s offensive department.
That said, the Premier League heavyweights are unlikely to be able to crop up €80m for Martin this summer.
Although the club have balanced their budget by getting rid of a host of fringe players in January, including Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta needs to be wise with his business in the market as Arsenal look to avoid making another gamble as the club did with Nicolas Pepe.