Erling Haaland may be able to assist Arsenal in their search for Martin Odegaard. Erling Haaland’s name will rarely be mentioned in the same breath as Arsenal’s; indeed, Madrid’s willingness to sign the sporting equivalent of Robocop will work in Arsenal’s favor.
Los Blancos, like so many other clubs, is struggling financially. As shown by their lack of signings the previous summer, balancing the books and achieving some monetary balance became critical.
They’ll need money if they want to sign either Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe. There was a lot of it.
Given his age, potential, and the two years he’ll have left on his contract when it expires in the summer, selling Odegaard is a viable cash infusion. Madrid will investigate the probability.
In principle, it should be simple enough, but Arsenal is considering not playing European football next season. There aren’t any. The income earned from playing in the Europa League is negligible in comparison to the Champions League, but it’s better than nothing. Nothing is assured with the club already languishing in the tenth position in the Premier League with up to six more Europa League fixtures to play if they are to win the competition.
Plans for the summer are highly reliant on how the final few months go, including who they can sell, who they can afford, and who they can persuade to enter even if European competitions aren’t appealing.
If Arsenal fails to finish the season strongly, history will be on their side, according to Odegaard. He spent the entire previous season with Real Sociedad, who will not compete in Europe in the 2019/20 season. Enjoying his football at a club that he claims “feels like home” seems to have tempted him already, based on what he has said since joining and his on-pitch demeanor.