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Ex-Gunners star drops hint over future of young Arsenal playmaker

Former Arsenal shot-stopper Mat Ryan says Martin Odegaard is open to sealing Real Sociedad return in the future.

Odegaard, who signed for the Gunners on a permanent deal in the summer transfer market, enjoyed some of the best form of his professional career to date on loan with the La Liga side during the 2019-20 season.

They tried to re-sign the Norway captain at the start of the year, only for the playmaker to opt for an initial loan transfer to north London.

During that time, Martin was teammates with goalkeeper Mat, who has since joined Los Txuri-Urdin.

And the Australian star has revealed Odegaard played a vital role in convincing him to move to San Sebastian – also suggesting the youngster has his heart set on a surprise return one day.

‘Before I knew Real were interested in me, he [Odegaard] told me that Real, because of his experience here, was a great team, a 10 out of 10 in everything: the team, the life here, the public…everything,’ Mat told Mundo Deportivo.

‘And now I agree with him. He’s comfortable at Arsenal, but he’s open to coming back one day, for sure.’

The Gunners completed the permanent signing of the player from Real Madrid in the summer for an initial sum of £30 million.

£34m Arsenal acquisition backed to thrive at the Emirates

Former Norway manager Per-Mathias Hogmo thinks Martin Odegaard is set to do exciting things in the Premier League after he joined Arsenal outright.

The star spent the latter half of last campaign on loan at the Emirates Stadium but returned to parent club Real Madrid at the end of last campaign.

Arsenal were interested in bringing the Norwegian ace back and finally got their hands on Martin last week, sealing a permanent move for £34 million.

Per-Mathias is of the view that Martin made a good choice in signing for Arsenal permanently as there the midfielder has a coach that believes in him, in the shape of Mikel Arteta, and a club that play to his strengths.

“It [permanently joining Arsenal] seems like a good choice [for Odegaard]”, he told Norwegian outlet Verdens Gang.

“He has a coach [Arteta] who believes in him, and the way Arsenal play suits Odegaard well. Then it’s the coolest league in the world.

Per-Mathias added that is exciting to see how well his compatriot can perform on the pitch now that he has the chance to play for a club on a permanent basis, where he’ll have a sense of belonging.

“It is exciting to see what Martin can do when he is in peace and has a sense of belonging, that he gets to grow into a role instead of being on loan.

“He had a very good stay at Real Sociedad and most recently in England. This will be exciting, it will be.”

£34m Arsenal signing backed to thrive at the Emirates

Former Norway manager Per-Mathias Hogmo thinks Martin Odegaard is set to do exciting things in the Premier League after he joined Arsenal outright.

The star spent the latter half of last campaign on loan at the Emirates Stadium but returned to parent club Real Madrid at the end of last campaign.

Arsenal were interested in bringing the Norwegian ace back and finally got their hands on Martin last week, sealing a permanent move for £34 million.

Per-Mathias is of the view that Martin made a good choice in signing for Arsenal permanently as there the midfielder has a coach that believes in him, in the shape of Mikel Arteta, and a club that play to his strengths.

“It [permanently joining Arsenal] seems like a good choice [for Odegaard]”, he told Norwegian outlet Verdens Gang.

“He has a coach [Arteta] who believes in him, and the way Arsenal play suits Odegaard well. Then it’s the coolest league in the world.

Per-Mathias added that is exciting to see how well his compatriot can perform on the pitch now that he has the chance to play for a club on a permanent basis, where he’ll have a sense of belonging.

“It is exciting to see what Martin can do when he is in peace and has a sense of belonging, that he gets to grow into a role instead of being on loan.

“He had a very good stay at Real Sociedad and most recently in England. This will be exciting, it will be.”

Arsenal on brink of bringing back 22-year-old Norwegian midfielder

Arsenal are reportedly close to agreeing on a deal with the La Liga giants Real Madrid for the permanent transfer of playmaker Martin Odegaard and could unleash the incoming acquisition against Chelsea this weekend.

He spent six months at the Emirates Stadium outfit last season, netting two goals in 20 appearances for the club.

The 22-year-old star was intent on reviving his Los Blancos career following his return to the club but now looks set to be heading back to the British capital.

The Athletic say the Gunners are closing in on a permanent deal for Martin, who didn’t take part in Real Madrid training this week ahead of the likely transfer move.

Martin featured under new boss Carlo Ancelotti during the pre-season campaign but was left out of the side’s matchday squad for the 4-1 win against Alaves last weekend.

The Norwegian ace has only made 11 appearances for them since joining the club as a youngster, spending four successive campaigns out on loan.

Odegaard has earned 30 caps for his country and captained the national team during their last set of international friendlies.

Arsenal have been looking for a new midfielder knowing Joe Willock would be sold – the Englishman completed his transfer to Newcastle United last week.

UCL giants now want £34m from Arsenal for talented playmaker

Arsenal are reportedly ramping up talks to bring back Martin Odegaard with Real Madrid ready to significantly lower their asking price – though Los Blancos want a buyback clause inserted in any deal.

The Norwegian enjoyed a brilliant loan spell at the Emirates last term, joining in the January window, but returned to the Galacticos hoping to force his way into the senior team after Carlo Ancelotti replaced Zinedine Zidane.

But the change of head coach has not improved his fortunes, with the 23-year-old omitted from the roster list submitted to La Liga and not even given nded a shirt number.

Real are now in discussions to sell Odegaard to the Gunners and, according to ABC, they have softened their initial demands and will now accept an up-front sum of £34 million.

As part of that deal, however, they would want a further £8.5 million in easily achievable add-ons and a buyback clause.

Arsenal are looking to get the initial sum down closer to £25m, plus bonuses, and in spite of the discrepancy in valuation, there is confidence from all sides that an agreement will be found.

According to ABC’s report, Martin is already planning for life back at the Emirates and is eager to be reunited with manager Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal exploring possibility of signing Real Madrid ace in €50m deal

Arsenal could sign Martin Odegaard from the La Liga giants Real Madrid within the coming days, with optimism that a reported deal can be done.

After his loan transfer to Arsenal in January this year, Martin impressed Gunners’ manager Mikel Arteta and the London club are poised to bring the talented midfielder back to the Emirates Stadium.

Martin had been hoping to be involved at the Bernabeu, but his showings over the course of pre-season have pushed the Spanish side to think about selling him.

Developments are apparently moving at a rapid pace, according to Spanish publication AS, and the coming hours will be important to see if the Norwegian heads back to north London.

It is stated that both sides have drawn closer in their respective positions over Martin and the deal, if it happens, will be for a fee close to €50m.

While Real Madrid and Arsenal are on the same page, it is reported that Odegaard had some doubts about leaving Los Blancos on a permanent basis.

These have eased in the latest days and it is claimed that the ace now feels signing for Arsenal would be the best option for his future.

Arsenal get fresh boost in their hopes of bringing back Norway skipper

Arsenal target Martin Odegaard is reportedly becoming increasingly concerned about his game time at Real Madrid and could push for a summer transfer after unproductive discussions.

The Norway captain enjoyed a solid loan stint at the Emirates after joining in January and manager Mikel Arteta had been keen to keep the player at the club, but he returned to Los Blancos to fight for his place.

Zinedine Zidane’s exit was supposed to provide a chance for Odegaard to impress new manager Carlo Ancelotti in pre-season, but the talent has again struggled for playing time.

According to Marca, the 22-year-old talent is growing increasingly unhappy with his current situation and instructed his agents to hold talks with the Spanish side about his future.

But his concerns weren’t cleared up and Martin once again feels as though he may need to quit Real, believing that Casemiro, Fede Valverde, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are all far ahead of him in the pecking order.

Martin is not willing to play a mere backup role this coming campaign and wants to feel important, especially after enjoying the responsibility placed on him during loans at the Emirates and Real Sociedad.

The La Liga giants, though, are not willing to sanction yet another loan for him and will this time demand a sum, with Arsenal the main interested club.

La Liga club ready to sell their prized asset to Arsenal on one condition

Real Madrid will reportedly demand a buyback clause in any summer permanent deal with Arsenal for midfielder Martin Odegaard.

The Gunners have been alerted to the Norwegian’s availability and have reignited their efforts to land the ace for a second spell at the club.

Manager Mikel Arteta made it clear at the end of last term that he was keen for Arsenal to keep Martin, and the north Londoners were interested in extending the player’s loan deal for another season.

However, Los Blancos had initially planned to keep the player and gave Carlo Ancelotti the chance to make a final decision over the playmaker’s future.

According to ABC, the Italian has told Odegaard that he is part of his plans but isn’t able to guarantee him a regular role in the first team as Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are still at the club.

The report states that Odegaard is now unsure over his long-term future and is considering a return to the Emirates as he knows he will be handed more minutes by Arteta.

ABC report that the Gunners have not yet submitted an offer to the La Liga side, while Madrid are demanding a €50m (£42.7m) transfer sum plus a buyback option as part of the deal.

Arsenal, meantime, are considering a swoop for James Maddison as an alternative to Odegaard but Leicester City rate the 24-year-old at £70m.

22-year-old Norwegian playmaker interests Chelsea ahead of possible move

Chelsea and Liverpool are prepared to join Arsenal in summer pursuit of Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard, rated at around €50 million, a recent report from Fichajes say.

The Gunners are believed to be the front-runners in the hunt to sign him, who spent the second half of the 2020/21 season on loan at the Emirates.

But, it appears the north Londoners are set to face stern competition from the Blues and the Reds, who are apparently fascinated by the idea of signing the talented number ten.

Stamford Bridge could be a fascinating destination for Martin as he can directly replace Hakim Ziyech.

The ex-Ajax playmaker has been linked with a summer exit after struggling to adapt to life under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

However, it is Mikel Arteta’s side who are in pole position to acquire the services of the player.

They can guarantee him regular playing time, as they plan to create a new core in the attacking area next season.

In other news, Chelsea are allegedly planning to send midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan to a Bundesliga outfit for the 2021-22 season in order to help get his career back on track.

The 25-year-old star has been involved for the west London side during pre-season, but he is not said to be in the first-team plans of manager Thomas Tuchel for the new campaign.

Arsenal suffer blow in pursuit of €50m Real Madrid youngster

According to various reports in the Spanish press and media, the Real Madrid board are now set against the exit of Martin Odegaard this summer.

The Norwegian talent had again been strongly linked to Arsenal in recent weeks, with it said a return to the Emirates could be completed on a permanent or loan deal.

However, midfielder Toni Kroos picking up an injury has seen Los Blancos look again at their variants in midfield and it’s now thought Martin will not be allowed out unless someone pays a huge sum for him.

Super Deporte put that fee at €50 million, and it’s unlikely Mikel Arteta’s side would want to part with that amount of money to land the player this summer.

Therefore, there are other options for the London outfit at Real Madrid. As far as the aforementioned source has it, Arsenal are ‘crazy’ about landing a creative midfielder, and that’s seen them consider Isco and Marco Asensio.

The latter is believed to be for sale this summer, with some claims the ace could be sold for as little as €25 million, and the report states the Galacticos won’t hesitate to sell Isco should they receive a good proposal, considering he has less than a year left on his deal.