The Times have claimed that Arsenal will pay a hefty £4million fee during Martin Odegaard’s loan spell at The Emirates despite failing to include a permanent option in the temporary move – with the Norwegian’s wages worth £76,000 a week.
Odegaard, 22, was confirmed by Arsenal earlier this week. The 25-time Norway international has joined Arsenal until the end of the season on loan, though Real have opted against that premanent deal in case Zinedine Zidane leaves in the summer.
The report states that Arsenal have paid Real Madrid a £1.8million loan fee, while his wages and other costs will take the total to £4million – a hefty figure given Odegaard is only on loan and that the deal does not include a permanent option.
Mikel Arteta has already shown he is more than willing to use the January market for loan deals, having brought defenders Pablo Mari from Flamengo and Cedric Soares from Southampton 12 months ago – with both since signing permanently.
TBR’s view – Odegaard needs to prove his worth
But he should be forced to watch from the sidelines initially. Emile Smith-Rowe’s recent form has seen the England Under-20 international become crucial to Arteta’s side, and he deserves to start over the course of the next few weeks.
However, should Smith-Rowe’s form drop off in the next few matches, then Odegaard should be drafted in. Odegaard can also play out wide but at £4million in total – he needs to get going quickly, or prove to be an expensive flop.