Real Madrid are open to selling Martin Odegaard in order to help fund big-money signings in the summer transfer window, according to Don Balon.
Odegaard enjoyed a successful loan spell at Real Sociedad last term, but having returned to Real Madrid to work under Zinedine Zidane, it became clear in the first-half of the season that he was not going to get sufficient game-time.
As a result, he joined Arsenal on loan in the January transfer window, where he has already established himself as an important player, starting against Manchester City at the weekend.
However, do Arsenal have the necessary financial power to sign Odegaard on a permanent basis? Perhaps not, with Don Balon reporting that Real Madrid want €70M in exchange for the young Norwegian.
The idea is, as per Don Balon, to cash-in on Odegaard in order to raise cash for Real Madrid to spend in the summer, when a serious rebuild job will be in order.
Odegaard could go on to become one of the best in his position on the planet, but considering his development has been a rollercoaster ride to date, if Real Madrid can get €70M for him, you think they’d be satisfied.
Arsenal dealt injury boost ahead of Benfica clash but Rob Holding still sidelined
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has returned to full training in a huge boost for Mikel Arteta ahead of this Thursday’s Europa League clash with Benfica.
Partey has missed the Gunners’ last three games across all competitions after suffering a hamstring injury.
The central midfielder, who was signed last summer after Arsenal met his £45million release clause, has looked impressive since joining.
But injuries have prevented him from getting a long run of games under his belt.
He was notably absent from Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Benfica last week, though he is now set to return to the fold in time for the return leg.
Speaking after the defeat to the Premier League leaders, Arteta confirmed it was unlikely that Holding would be available any time soon.
He said of a potential involvement against Benfica: “That’s a call that has to be given by the doctor. And that’s the communication that we got with him so we decided to make the concussion sub.
“That’s what they told me [that Holding had concussion] so if that’s the case he will miss a few days [of training] I think.”