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Arsenal faces Martin Odegaard dilemma over Real Madrid transfer clause

Arsenal faces Martin Odegaard dilemma as the Real Madrid transfer clause is revealed.

Arsenal could suffer a major blow in the coming transfer windows if their captain Martin Odegaard becomes a target of his former club Real Madrid. 

In the summer of 2021, the offensive midfielder made a permanent move to Arsenal for £34 million plus add-ons after a successful six-month loan in north London.

Odegaard struggled to make a meaningful impact in the Spanish capital after joining Real Madrid Castilla, the club’s reserve squad, at the age of 18 after being hailed as the next big thing coming through at Los Blancos.

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Since his permanent arrival, the 24-year-old has enjoyed an excellent 14 months, which included becoming first-team captain less than a year after joining.

Odegaard has taken his game to the next level this season though, scoring six goals and grabbing four assists from 14 Premier League games, with Arsenal sitting five points clear at the top of the Premier League table. 

Mikel Arteta’s preferred play style relies heavily on the role played by Odegaard and he is set to be a crucial player in the Spaniard’s five-step plan at the club. 

However, his future could lie elsewhere following a recent claim that Madrid cleverly inserted a clause into the contract he signed when leaving Spain for England.

According to Marca, Madrid have the first refusal on Odegaard after inserting the transfer clause into his contract when he joined Arsenal. A return to the club he joined as a teenager seems unlikely, but given his rapid turnaround, Carlo Ancelotti’s side could make a transfer swoop with the report also stating that hope to exercise this clause should he wish to return to Spain.

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