Real Madrid will not consider selling Martin Odegaard or allowing any club to have an option-to-buy in any potential loan deal.
That’s according to reports in Spain amid talk Odegaard will depart the Santiago Bernabeu this month in his quest for more regular game time.
The Norwegian midfielder has made just three starts in La Liga this season, making four more appearances off the bench, and it seems he has told Real Madrid that he wants another loan move in order to continue his development.
Odegaard enjoyed an excellent season on loan at Real Sociedad last season and reports claim La Real are strong favourites to bring him back during this window.
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But Arsenal – as well as another Premier League side – are also said to be interested as they search high and low for a creative midfielder with the end of the transfer window coming into sight.
Though, asked about the possibility of signing the 22-year-old, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta refused to be drawn.
He said in today’s (Thursday) press conference: “Sorry, but I cannot comment about players that play for different clubs.
Asked about the search for a creative midfielder, he added: “We are looking at various positions. The movement that we made in this transfer window with some players leaving the club leaves us a little bit short in certain areas.
“So if we can we will do it and if we can’t we will just keep going with what we have.”
Odegaard looks to be a promising option for the Gunners if they can convince him not to return to Real Sociedad, but it will only be a temporary one.
Marca report that Real Madrid will not consider including any option-to-buy clause in any potential loan deal due to their ‘faith’ in the midfielder.
Odegaard scored four and assisted six during his loan spell in the Basque country last season and…