A permanent move for Martin Odegaard appeared to be off the cards for Arsenal but the 22-year-old has been made available with Mikel Arteta reigniting their interest in the Real Madrid forward
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Real Madrid have reportedly demanded that a buyback clause will be placed in any permanent deal for Martin Odegaard as Arsenal revive their interest in the forward.
The Norwegian was the Gunners’ number one target at the start of the summer as Mikel Arteta looked for a creative midfielder following the player’s successful loan spell at the Emirates during the second half of last season.
But a permanent move for Odegaard appeared to be off the cards as new Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was set to give him a fresh chance to stake his claim.
However, in a dramatic U-turn, the 22-year-old has been made available with Arsenal reigniting their interest in the player.
Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal want to keep Martin Odegaard
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But according to reports in Spain, Madrid are demanding a £42.7m transfer fee plus a buyback option as part of the deal.
Ancelotti has told Odegaard that he is part of his long-term plans but is not able to guarantee him regular first team football with experienced trio Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro still at the club.
ABC states that Odegaard is now uncertain over his future and is considering a return to the North London club as he knows he will play more football under Arteta.
Speaking in June, Odegaard made it clear he wanted to fight for his place at Madrid following his loan spell at Arsenal.
He said: “Of course it has always been a dream to play there.
“I have been in the club for over six years now, and that has always been the goal.
“I always want to play, I have said that all the time. Playing hard is important.”
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