Arsenal have received a heavy blow in their pursuit of Martin Odegaard, with Athleticism claiming Carlo Ancelotti wants to keep the Norwegian.
New boss Carlo Ancelotti is claimed to want to keep the 22-year-old at the Bernabeu for the 2021/22 campaign – and Arsenal fans have responded on Twitter.
The Gunners’ transfer priority this summer was to secure a return for the youngster. He spent the second half of last season on loan in North London, with good performances.
Real Madrid did not want Odegaard to leave the club in January. The player was keen to go to Arsenal, however, and his wishes were granted.
Now it looks like a deal this summer would only be likely if the Norwegian captain insisted once again.
Talks are planned with Ancelotti, however, and he could tempt him to stay with Los Blancos for next season. The Italian recently replaced Zinedine Zidane as Madrid manager.
Following this news, Arsenal may have to return to the drawing board as they seek a No.10 this summer.
Odegaard played 20 games for the Gunners last season, scoring twice and collecting two assists.
His defining moment came when he scored in a 2-1 win over Tottenham and he was largely impressive when called up by Mikel Arteta.
the £ 85,000 per week player seemed to enjoy playing for the Gunners and a return to north London seemed on the cards.
Arsenal fans shocked by Odegaard news
It’s a somewhat worrying sign if Arsenal are forced to change their transfer plans even before Euro 2020 is over.
Arsenal won’t be in Europe next season and Odegaard would have been a blow in that direction.
Now Arteta may have to look elsewhere and that isn’t a good start for the transfer window.
Following today’s update, we took a look at what Arsenal fans have been saying about the potential deal for Odegaard to the south.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter.
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