Arsenal have loaned Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid and put them on permanent contracts, despite the fact that the Spanish side are only looking to sack one player
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Real Madrid are ready to sanction Dani Ceballos’ departure but still see Martin Odegaard as part of his future, according to reports in Spain.
The two are both on loan to Arsenal, the latter arriving in north London six months after his teammate.
Ceballos also spent last season in the Emirates and returned for a second term that season.
His future at the Bernabeu looks bleak as Sport claim he and the club are not interested in seeing each other again.
Ceballos had previously expressed his desire to fight for his place in the capital and become a regular at Los Blancos.
But they would be willing to fire him if they received a fee of around 25 million euros.
Odegaard’s future looks different, however, which could be a blow to north Londoners.
The Norwegian was long predicted for big things but his career in Madrid had stalled.
He was not part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans and has already stated that he will not return while the Frenchman is in charge.
Los Blancos still see the 22-year-old as “one of the pillars of their future project”.
As a result, they will continue to demand that his € 350million release clause be honored, which virtually rules out a move away.
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Odegaard has already become a starter for the Gunners and was a standout player in Thursday’s draw against Benfica.
Former Arsenal man Ian Wright has already urged the club to sign the playmaker on a permanent basis in order to get the most out of his strikers.
“We must!” he claimed when asked if Arsenal should sign Odegaard.
“You have Aubameyang and we are talking about an elite striker. It is no coincidence that he has these three creative players behind him now than he did not before.”