Real Madrid are not willing to sell Martin Odegaard to Arsenal permanently unless they are prepared to insert a buy-back clause as part of the deal, ABC reports.
The Gunners are keen on retaining Odegaard’s services this summer after spending the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates, and they are awaiting the green light from Los Blancos to make a proposal.
It is now reported that the Norway international remains in the plans of manager Carlo Ancelotti, but he can’t assure him with a regular starting position.
Los Blancos are willing to sanction Odegaard’s sale to the north London giants for €50 million but will want to retain a buy-back clause as part of the deal.
The hierarchy may be reluctant to make such a huge outlay on a player after learning of Los Blancos’ buy-back clause demand.
He is currently with Los Blancos in pre-season but may struggle for regular minutes with the heavy competition for places in the line-up.
Arsenal could be interested in the proposal only if Los Blancos accept to sell Odegaard for a significantly lesser price.