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Real Madrid don’t have a buyback option on Martin Odegaard – Romano

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Martin Odegaard is thriving since leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal in a permanent transfer in the summer of 2021.

The Norwegian international has emerged as the leader of the Gunners’ project under Mikel Arteta, even taking over the club captaincy this season.

The 24-year-old has been delivering top-notch performances one after the other in the Premier League and has been a key driving force behind Arsenal rising to the summit of the table, with a seven-point lead.

Odegaard, thus far, has netted seven goals and set up five more for his teammates from 15 Premier League matches this season.

The attacking midfielder’s form had led to speculations that Real Madrid are regretting selling him to Arsenal in 2021 and that the Merengues might have a first-refusal option or even a buyback clause inserted in the deal that saw him leave.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid do not have a buyback option for Odegaard, who is ‘in love’ with the project at Arsenal.

The Gunners had signed the midfielder on loan in January 2021 and over the next six months, he made a great impression at the Emirates.

It prompted Arsenal to push for his permanent signing later that summer, but they had to wait for a while as Real Madrid were unwilling to sell him during the months of June and July.

But, the north London outfit waited and finally managed to get the deal done for less than €40 million, which is proving to be an excellent investment so far.

As for Real Madrid, they are looking to bolster their midfield next summer, but there have been no indications that a move for Odegaard is being considered.

The Merengues have their eyes firmly fixed on Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund and are at the front of the queue to sign the England international.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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