David Ornstein has told the Ornstein and Chapman podcast that Arsenal transfer chief Edu has been working on a deal to get Martin Odegaard to the Emirates Stadium for at least six months.
Arsenal’s move for Odegaard ostensibly has moved quickly, but actually the transfer was a long time in the making.
Indeed, Ornstein claims that Edu has been talking to Real Madrid for at least six months over Odegaard, as he has been a long-term target of the Gunners.
“As far as we know it’ll be a loan without an option to buy, which isn’t ideal for Arsenal as he’s a player they have liked for a long time. He has been on their recruitment lists for a while,” Ornstein explained.
“Edu has been working on this in some form or antoher, conversations have been taking place, since before the summer 2020 window.
“So in that case you would certainly see him, if you chose to go for him, being part of your future and if you don’t get an option to buy, maybe that will be disappointing.”
Arsenal’s chances of landing Odegaard are likely to depend on the player’s desire to stay now.
Without a clause, Arsenal are effectively powerless if Madrid decide that they want the youngster to return to the Bernabeu at the end of the season.
But if Odegaard is a roaring success at Arsenal it would not be a massive surprise if he did want to relocate.
Odegaard’s has been starved of first-team football since his move to Madrid and, despite impressing out on loan, has never really been given a sustained chance by Zinedine Zidane.
Odegaard will be in direct competition with Emile Smith Rowe for a starting place with the Gunners.