Martin Odegaard joined Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid in January in the pursuit of more game time and some stability in his career. He was not being afforded many opportunities in the Spanish capital, as Zidane clearly prefers the likes of Asensio, Modric, Kroos and Casemiro in those midfield positions.
All reports suggest Arsenal will have a very decent chance of making the move permanent. It is thought that Odegaard just wants to settle somewhere now and if he is not promised game time in Madrid, he will move somewhere he can fulfil his unbelievable potential. Rumours suggest that if Zidane keeps his job at Madrid, Odegaard will no have much of a future under the Frenchman. And as we have seen with most top clubs during the COVID crisis, if there is a player who isn’t in your plans, now is the time to cash in to replace lost revenue elsewhere.
However, Arsenal have identified a potential backup option in case a permanent deal for Odegaard will not be possible. Arsenal have been consistently linked with Coutinho of Barcelona and formerly of Liverpool. The Brazilian superstar moved from Liverpool to Barcelona for £142 million, but a failure to fit the Barcelona system and managers not using him too well have lead to him now looking nowhere near worth that kind of money.
In fact, the best football Coutinho has played since leaving Liverpool was for Bayern Munich AGAINST Barcelona.
Barcelona now seem to have reached the conclusion that Coutinho needs to be cashed in on and reports suggest they are ready to accept bids of £35 million.
Arsenal were heavily linked with Coutinho in the summer for a potential loan move, but nothing materialised. It might be that Arsenal could look to return for him.
What do you think Gooners? Personally, I’m not sure I like the move. I really like the new approach Arsenal seem to be taking with their recruitment in investing in players with futures. Coutinho probably has a few years left in him at a high level. I think that Arteta has recognised this squad will need another window or two to be able to challenge for titles, meaning he is right to largely be looking at players under 23. I would definitely keep looking for youth.
Odegaard at 22 and with what he has shown for us already feels like a no brainer. If Madrid don’t want him then he has to be the priority for Arteta in the summer. He could reach Mesut Ozil’s level of creativity, whilst is already showing that he has a grit and work ethic that perhaps Ozil lacked. You would have to think that with Saka, Smith Rowe, Odegaard and Martinelli up top, in 3 or 4 years time that might just be the best attack in the world
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