Real Madrid are “playing games” with Arsenal over the future of on-loan Martin Odegaard.
That is according to ex-Arsenal striker and La Liga expert Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Spanish outlet Marca reported that Real have no intention of letting the 22-year-old leave permanently.
Odegaard himself recently told Norwegian television network TV2 that it was a “big dream” to establish himself for the 13-time Champions League winners.
Since joining on loan in January, Arsenal fans have been enormously impressed with Odegaard’s vision and millimetre-perfect passing.
Campbell is similarly enamoured and urges Arsenal to do whatever it takes to seal his permanent signing, even if that means playing Real’s “game.”
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Of course Real Madrid are doing that. They are just playing games. They were always going to play the game.
“He’s got such quality. He was outstanding against West Ham. He’s got a babyface but a big personality. He plays football the right way and you can see that he makes Arsenal better.
“Odegaard’s football brain, other players need to get on it. Once he’s on the ball, I was looking to get my boots out, he’s that good. He plays simple passes but does it so effectively. He makes it look easy.
“Why not come to England? It looks like he’s settled perfectly. I’m not sure what the transfer fee might be but if Real are going to sell they will look to get as much as possible.
“Arsenal have to be prepared for that and to work something out because he has really looked the part.”
Odegaard made waves when he signed for Real as a 16-year-old in 2015.
After impressing during a loan spell with Real Sociedad last season, Odegaard spent the first half of 2020-21 at the Bernabeu, making nine appearances in total.