Real Madrid want to raise funds this summer for major signings, opening the door for Arsenal to turn their two loans into permanent deals.
Real Madrid journalist Melchor Ruiz reports that the club have completely changed their transfer strategy ahead of the summer. They’re now looking to sell €100m worth of players to raise funds to sign either Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe.
Sport claim neither player is to the liking of Zinedine Zidane, but Real Madrid’s board have a different opinion. They’d be open to listening to offers on Ceballos, but they aren’t considering selling Odegaard at this stage.
Ceballos would reportedly cost around €25m, and Sport suggest neither the player nor his parent club are particularly keen on a reunion anymore.
In Odegaard’s case, Real consider him a key part of their future. However, the Norwegian international has reportedly warned the club he doesn’t want to return if Zidane stays.
Perhaps that opens up one small avenue for Arsenal to make the deal permanent.
If Zidane sticks around, without an interest in playing Odegaard, maybe he could help push through a move.
But it seems a long shot right now.