The official confirmation has arrived: Martin Odegaard is the new Arsenal player! This time permanently. And without the option to return to Real Madrid. This morning, the Norwegian signed a contract with the Gunners, in whose ranks he spent the last half of the season as a loan player.
He obviously left such a strong impression on Arsenal's management that the London club decided to buy him. Including bonuses, Arsenal will pay Real around 40,000,000 euros for the Norwegian midfielder. Madrid will earn ten times more on Odegaard!
Let us remind you that six and a half years ago when he was one of the biggest talents, they paid a little less than 3,000,000 euros to Stromgodset. At that time, the whole of football Europe was fighting for a Norwegian.
Odegaard set Europe on fire when he made his debut in the senior team of the Norwegian first league at the age of 15. Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona then fought for him ... He ended up at Real. But in Madrid, he never met expectations.
He did not impose himself on Ancelotti, Benitez, or Zidane ... Real first hardened him in the young team, then sent him on loan to Heerenveen, Vitesse, Real Sociedad, and finally to Arsenal. He played only 11 matches for the first team of Real Madrid.
The Madridians also made nice money from the Norwegian's loans. For example, Real Sociedad paid 2,000,000 euros for a one-year loan alone, and Arsenal even paid 5,000,000 euros for a half-year loan! However, Odegaard also had a pretty nice contract at Real worth 3,500,000 euros a year gross.
But when everything is added up, the Madrid team had a great time with the Norwegian midfielder. They earned ten times more. After a six-month loan, Arsenal was convinced that Odgaard was what they needed. Although the player wanted to try to impose himself at Real Madrid once again, Carlo Ancelotti told him that he saw him in rotation with some not very important role, and then he decided to return to London.
Negotiations lasted for several weeks and in the end, Arsenal paid what Real asked for, and the player signed a contract until 2026 and borrowed the number eight jersey. He was solid at Arsenal last season, had a couple of good performances, and most believe that Arsenal will not decide on this move.
Still, Arteta saw something in him and it is obvious that Odegaard knows how to play football, only the right environment is necessary for him, and maybe that is London