The Hard Tackle examines where Norwegian playmaker Martin Odegaard could end up this summer if he were to leave Real Madrid.

It has been well over six years since Martin Odegaard visited Real Madrid from Norway side Stromsgodset, as the next big teenage sensation became a future superstar.

At just 16 years old, Odegaard made his first-team debut for Real Madrid in May 2015, under Carlo Ancelotti, but has played extensively for the club’s Castilla team, in addition to making an odd appearance here and the. The Norwegian prodigy then spent eighteen months on loan at Dutch side Heerenveen, where he impressed before signing for Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2018, where he once again did well.

However, a place in the Real Madrid setup was still not available, which led to another temporary spell in 2019/20, this time with La Liga club Real Sociedad. Another solid campaign forced Zinedine Zidane to include Odegaard in his plans for the 2020/21 term, but the French tactician was not liberal when it came to giving Norway regular playing time.

Frustrated with his situation, Odegaard moved again, signing for Arsenal in January last year, where he impressed enough. While a return of two goals and two assists in 20 games doesn’t stand out, the 22-year-old’s overall impact has been considerable.

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Odegaard impressed on loan at Real Sociedad. (Photo by Ander Gillenea / AFP via Getty Images)

Back at Real Madrid, Odegaard hasn’t quite managed to stand out in the preseason under new boss Ancelotti. And with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos still on the books, the Norwegian is reportedly keen to step away as he is still not convinced how much time he will spend on the pitch.

That development alerted Arsenal, who intended to sign Odegaard on a permanent basis, the Gunners are now lining up a move for the 22-year-old. However, the north London giants were joined by rivals Chelsea and Liverpool in the race to sign the Norwegian playmaker, valued at € 50million by Real Madrid.

The Hard Tackle are now assessing the situation at each of the three clubs and analyzing where Odegaard would be best placed to join.


Assessment of the transfer situation

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It goes without saying that the lack of creativity was a major bone of contention for Arsenal last season, which was resolved to some extent with the addition of Odegaard and the successful integration of Emile Smith Rowe into the squad. first. And, while the Gunners have been successful in securing the long-term future of their academy product, putting it under intense pressure at a young age might not be ideal.

So having another creative midfielder who can share the burden of random creation with him while giving Arsenal much more quality in the final third would benefit Mikel Arteta & co., Making Odegaard a very transfer target. viable.

While the lack of European football could be a drag, Arsenal have so far shown great ambition in the transfer market, especially when it comes to signing Ben White. And given the familiarity aspect, Odegaard having already done well under Arteta, a move could very well come this summer.

Transfer probability: 8/10

Are Arsenal the right club?

Ready to take a step for Odegaard?  (Photo by Clive Mason / Getty Images)

Ready to take a step for Odegaard? (Photo by Clive Mason / Getty Images)

As previously reported, during his short stint at Arsenal, Odegaard settled down quite well and formed a skillful partnership with Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. The Norwegian has the manager’s confidence and will also be confident of doing well at the Emirates, having managed to do so not too long ago.

Arsenal’s style of play under Arteta is designed to make the most of a creative midfielder like Odegaard, with his interaction in the final third and the ability to pick defensive passes could help get the most out of him. a misfire -Emerick Aubameyang.

Approval rating: 9/10


Assessment of the transfer situation

Chelsea’s interest in Odegaard is a bit surprising, given the number of options Thomas Tuchel already has at his disposal. The German likes to form his team in 3-4-2-1 with the two wide attacking midfielders. And for these two positions, he has Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi fighting for the starting places.

On top of that, Tuchel could also call on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, provided the 25-year-old does not go on loan, while Timo Werner was also used in such a role last season. And, in case Chelsea are successful in their quest for a top striker, the German may well have to settle for playing in that position.

Ziyech's future may have a say in Chelsea's move to Odegaard (Photo by JASPER RUHE / AFP / Getty Images)

Ziyech’s future may have a say in Chelsea’s move to Odegaard (Photo by JASPER RUHE / AFP / Getty Images)

Ziyech has been linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge but has shown positive signs in the preseason. So an Odegaard decision, right now, seems like a distant possibility unless drastic changes occur, especially since a new striker and new center-back appear to be the Blues’ priority.

Transfer probability: 5/10

Chelsea is the right club?

Following their UEFA Champions League triumph and the progress they have shown under Tuchel, Chelsea will be an attractive destination for a player like Odegaard. Even more, given that the Blues still compete for the trophies more often. Their strong financial situation means that they would also be able to offer him good salaries.

From a sporting point of view, Odegaard might like to play in Tuchel’s system in a role similar to Mason Mount during the second half of the season. However, in the end, he could find himself in a similar situation to Real Madrid when it comes to playing time, given the amount of competition for just two places.

Approval rating: 6.5 / 10


Assessment of the transfer situation

Liverpool are a longtime Odegaard admirer (Photo by Catherine Ivill / Getty Images)

Liverpool are a longtime Odegaard admirer (Photo by Catherine Ivill / Getty Images)

After building up a forgettable defense of their Premier League title, Liverpool need to beef up their squad this summer to catch rivals Manchester City at the top. With Manchester United also making some top moves in the transfer window so far, the Reds can’t risk being left behind.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure has opened up a place in the middle of the park for Liverpool that they will have to fill. With Curtis Jones still learning the ropes and Naby Keita not meeting the expectations placed on him, a new midfielder becomes a priority for Jurgen Klopp & co. And, while Odegaard might not be exactly an identical replacement for the Dutchman, he would give the Reds a different flavor.

Often reliant on their wide players and full-backs for a creative spark, the addition of someone like Odegaard would add a source of midfield creativity for Liverpool. Furthermore, it would also allow Klopp to move up to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Odegaard as number 10 and a double pivot from Fabinho and Thiago / Jordan Henderson. The Reds would have a real No. 10 that they have been missing since the departure of Philippe Coutinho.

However, funds could be a problem, with Real Madrid demanding € 50million for the playmaker.

Transfer probability: 7/10

Are Liverpool the right club?

Moving from Real Madrid to Liverpool would mean Odegaard will move from one successful club to another, where he will be constantly on the hunt for trophies. Under the tutelage of a contagious figure like Jurgen Klopp, the 22-year-old could certainly thrive and reach the heights expected of him when he made his debut.

With the departure of Wijnaldum and the future of Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Odegaard could also have a good chance at regular playtime. The fact that Liverpool are a longtime admirer of him could also influence his decision. With slight tactical adjustments, Klopp would find a place for the prodigious 22-year-old, who certainly has the tools to deliver the Reds.

Approval rating: 8/10

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