Reports from both Marca and Mundo Deportivo in Spain suggest Martin Ødegaard wants to leave Real Madrid with Arsenal strongly interested. The 22-year-old spent the last part of the 2021/22 season on loan at Arsenal and impressed during his brief stint in North London.
The Gunners are now looking for a long-term solution in midfield to provide more of an attacking threat and have been linked with James Maddison in recent weeks.
Despite the reported interest in the Leicester midfielder, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo suggest that Ødegaard is the ‘main target’ for Arsenal this summer.
According to their report, the Norwegian international has increased doubts about staying at Real Madrid this year over as he expects his playing time to be limited.
Mundo report that Real management want the player to stay, however, should he opt to leave, they won’t stand in his way, provided their €50m valuation is met.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has reportedly told management to get the player if his price is within range as he sees him as a ‘key piece’ for his project.
Spanish paper Marca report on similar lines, suggesting Ødegaard has continued doubts over his future at Real.
Last week, the player agent reportedly spoke with Real Madrid management to convey the midfielders concerns over his situation at the club.
Marca suggest that the youngster does not have ‘positive feelings’ and believes the situation this season under Carlo Ancelotti will be similar to what he had under former coach Zinedine Zidane.
For their part, Real Madrid do not intend to keep a player who is unhappy and are looking to find the best solution for both parties, favouring a permanent move.