Real Madrid plan to keep ‘trump card’ Martin Odegaard in order to help lure his friend and Norway team-mate Erling Haaland to the Bernabeu… leaving Arsenal’s hopes of signing the midfielder permanently in tatters
- Real Madrid are keen to sign Borussia Dortmund’s star-striker Erling Haaland
- The club could use international team-mate Martin Odegaard to tempt Haaland
- This would be a blow to Arsenal’s hopes of landing the on-loan star permanently
Martin Odegaard could be Real Madrid’s ‘trick’ in landing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
The 20-year-old is one of Europe’s top strikers, which he again showed with a brace during a 3-2 victory over Sevilla in the Champions League.
He is one of the most sought-after players across Europe, and has a clause which means he will be available to buy for £65m in 2022.
Real Madrid are keen in bringing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to the Bernabeu
They reportedly plan to use Martin Odegaard as a ‘trump card’ to land the Norwegian striker
Real Madrid’s plans could prevent Arsenal from signing Odegaard at the end of his loan deal
Mundo Deportivo have reported that the Galacticos could use a ‘trick’ up their sleeve to fend off the competition for Haaland’s services.
The Norwegian is international team-mates and reportedly good friends with current Los Blancos star Odegaard.
And though the midfielder is currently away on loan at Arsenal, Real Madrid plan to keep Odegaard as their ‘trump card’ to land Haaland.
This would come as a bitter blow to any hopes the Gunners had of landing Odegaard at the end of his loan spell at the Emirates.
Odegaard joined Arsenal in January, and has so far played four times for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Real Madrid could face stiff competition in landing Haaland’s services, with Chelsea among a host of other top European clubs who are interested in signing the 20-year-old.
With Haaland’s £65m clause not kicking in until next year, Dortmund could make it tough for any club to land the striker this summer.
Real Madrid could face competition for Haaland who will be available for £65m in 2022
They are currently more willing to sell Jadon Sancho, who was heavily rumoured with a move to Manchester United last summer.
United were unwilling to match Dortmund’s £108m price tag – although reports earlier this month suggested that the club will now accept £88m instead.
One dilemma for Dortmund however, is Haaland’s desire to play in the Champions League.
Dortmund are reportedly more willing to part ways with Jadon Sancho than Haaland
The club are embroiled in a race to qualify for next season’s competition due to their poor league form – sitting sixth in the Bundesliga standings.
Bild have claimed that, due to Haaland’s love for the elite competition, the ace may ask to leave should Dortmund fall short of his expectations.
So far this season, Haaland has scored 25 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions.
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