Real Madrid have placed a €40m price tag on Arsenal target Martin Odegaard, the playmaker having spent the second-half of last season on loan at the Emirates.
The 22-year-old had looked to try and break into Zinedine Zidane’s side at the start of last season, before his lack of game time saw him push for a temporary stint away from the Bernabeu, culminating in his six-month loan switch to the Gunners.
While it proved to be a fairly dismal campaign for Mikel Arteta’s side as they missed out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years, the performances of the Norwegian international were one of the few bright sparks, with supporters hoping to see him join on a permanent deal.
Although he has since returned to the Spanish capital, the change in manager in the form of Carlo Ancelotti has seemingly altered little regarding his potential involvement for Los Blancos, the club rumoured to be ready to offload him this summer.
As per Goal, Madrid have placed a €40m price tag on the player as they look to get him off their books in the coming weeks, with Arsenal ready to pounce to secure his services.
The report suggests that Odegaard – who originally arrived in Spain as a 16-year-old back in 2015 – is not in Ancelotti’s plans for the new season, a fact that was illustrated by his absence from the matchday squad for Madrid’s La Liga opener against Alaves on Saturday.
The midfielder still has two years remaining on his current deal, yet looks destined for an exit after having made just 11 first-team appearances and spent the large chunk of his seven-year spell at the club out on-loan.
The Gunners hopes of signing the player permanently have been bolstered by the sale of fellow midfielder Joe Willock, the Englishman’s £25m move to Newcastle freeing up some much needed cash for Arteta and co to pursue Odegaard.
The club are seemingly in need of continued reinforcements, having suffered a 2-0 defeat in their opening day clash with newly-promoted Brentford.