Revealed: Why Real Madrid decided to sell Martin Odegaard this summer, Arsenal deal ‘almost done’
Martin Odegaard to Arsenal
The last day or so has seen Arsenal’s links to Martin Odegaard ramp up, with a deal now seemingly very close to being completed.
Reports would begin to emerge in the Spanish press on Tuesday evening stating that Real Madrid’s negotiations with Arsenal to sell Odegaard are at a very advanced stage and the deal could be imminent.
The deal for Odegaard has since been picked up in the British media, with fees of around £30-35m being touted by various sources:
If all goes to plan Martin Odegaard’s proposed transfer from Real Madrid to Arsenal will be for around €35m & he may be in contention to feature vs Chelsea on Sun – but still a fair amount of work to be done before completed @TheAthleticUK #RMFC #AFC #CFC https://t.co/eoSXmLY5ts
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 17, 2021
#Odegaard from Real Madrid to Arsenal advanced. Still work to do on a deal thought to be initial £30m – rising to £34m. Needs to be registered by midday Friday to be available for Chelsea on Sunday. Arsenal also tried for #Maddison this window but proved difficult. #AFC #RMFC
— Dharmesh Sheth (@skysports_sheth) August 18, 2021
One Spanish journalist has also gone as far as to suggest that Odegaard will not be a Madrid player later today (Wednesday).
Odegaard dejará de ser jugador del @realmadrid en la tarde de hoy. 🚪 ✈️
— José Félix Díaz (@jfelixdiaz) August 18, 2021
Why Real are selling Odegaard
Why though, have Real Madrid now decided to sell the 22-year-old?
After returning from his Arsenal loan spell, we covered reports in June that stated Odegaard was expected to stay in Madrid for the 2021/22 campaign.
However, journalist Fabrizio Romano has since provided an insight into why Los Blancos are now letting the midfielder go.
And, as mentioned above, Real were indeed looking to keep Odegaard according to Romano.
However, their plan was to sell Isco and keep the Norwegian. But as Isco had no proposals this summer, Real would agree that they would instead part with Odegaard and keep Isco:
Real Madrid they were hoping to keep Martin Odegaard, to give him a chance, selling Isco and keeping Odegaard.
Then what happened? Isco had no proposals this summer and so Real Madrid decided together with Carlo Ancelotti to sell Martin Odegaard and to keep Isco because he had no proposals.
Arsenal were hoping and hoping and hoping. I always say, if they have one per cent of a chance they will go for Martin Odegaard and this is what they did.
Waiting and waiting and waiting till the end of the market and now the deal has been completed. The fee will be around €35-40m. Everything has been agreed between Real Madrid and Arsenal they are now at paperwork’s time, then that will be signed and completed but it is almost done so it’s a here we go for Arsenal.
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