Real Madrid will sell Martin Odegaard if the players decides he wants to leave the club this summer, according to a report published today on MARCA. Los Blancos will not keep him against his will and the playmaker is still considering a departure from Madrid as he is not optimistic about his playing time in the 2021-2022 season.
Odegaard believes he’s behind Casemiro, Modric, Kroos and Valverde in Ancelotti’s rotation and even Isco might be ahead of him right now. The Norwegian midfielder was played off the bench against Milan last Sunday even though neither Kroos nor Valverde were available, so his concerns are likely reasonable.
Madrid would like to see Odegaard fighting for minutes but the midfielder believes he is going to spend the majority of the season sitting on the bench, so he’s keen on leaving the Spanish capital if a good offer comes his way.
Arsenal, who had Odegaard on a loan deal for the second half of the 2020-2021 season, seem to be interested in the playmaker and Real Madrid would only accept a permanent transfer now, given that Odegaard’s contract expires in 2023 and his value would decrease significantly a year from now.
It would probably take Arsenal around €40 or €50 million to secure Odegaard’s signing, but the London based have not made a decision about whether they should try to sign the midfielder this summer or not, even though coach Mikel Arteta has publicly said a few times that he would like to have Odegaard on his team.