Erling Haaland has reportedly told Real Madrid that he wants to share a dressing room with Norway team-mate Martin Odegaard next season – coming as a major blow to Arsenal in their bid to sign the latter permanently.
Odegaard has impressed since joining the Gunners on loan from Madrid in January, pulling the strings in their dramatic 3-3 draw away at West Ham prior to last week’s international break.
Mikel Arteta is understood to be keen on bringing him to north London on a permanent basis at the end of the season, with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang recently telling fans he will try to persuade the midfielder to sign.
However, reports in Spain suggest Madrid may need to keep Odegaard at the Bernabeu next season if they want to win the race for Haaland’s signature.
The latter has emerged as one of the most sought-after players in European football this season, having bagged an astonishing 33 goals in 31 games for Borussia Dortmund.
Along with Madrid, it is believed Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and PSG are all looking to prise him away from Signal Iduna Park this summer.
Haaland’s father and advisor, Alf-Inge, along with agent Mino Raiola were spotted arriving in Barcelona earlier this week to hold transfer talks with the Catalans.
Haaland Sr and Raiola are then said to have held three hour talks with El Clasico rivals Real, and Spanish radio station Onda Cero claim they made an interesting request during those discussions.
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The 20-year-old striker wants to share a dressing room with compatriot and international team-mate Odegaard, who was sent out on loan to Arsenal in January having been deemed surplus to requirements by Zinedine Zidane.
While he is reportedly hoping to return to Madrid and prove himself, Odegaard does not appear to be part of Zidane’s plans at the Bernabeu.
Yet if Los Blancos want to beat the likes of Barca and Man City to Haaland, his fellow Norwegian staying put may be a necessity in getting the deal over the line.
That would come as a huge blow to Arsenal, who would have to turn their attention elsewhere in the summer transfer window.
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