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Real Madrid have first refusal on former midfielder thriving in the Premier League – report

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When Real Madrid signed Martin Odegaard at a very young age almost eight years ago, the Norwegian was tipped as one of the future stars for the Spanish capital club.

However, that prediction did not come true as the attacking midfielder could not break into the team at the Santiago Bernabeu due to the presence of stalwarts like Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

After some loan stints, Odegaard, in search of regular game-time, decided to join Arsenal in 2021. And the move has paid dividends for the midfielder as he has become a pivotal player for the north London club.

In fact, the 24-year-old was even named club captain by Mikel Arteta this season and is currently leading Arsenal’s Premier League title charge. In 14 league appearances this term, Odegaard has produced a tally of six goals and four assists, standing out as a top performer.

Now, MARCA journalist Ramon Alvarez de Mon (h/t Daily Mail), is claiming that Real Madrid have a sort of a first-refusal option on Odegaard in case they ever decide to bring back the Norwegian international in the future.

“There is a kind of right of first refusal for Real Madrid that we will see if at some point it makes sense for them to exercise it,” the journalist said.

Odegaard signed for Real Madrid back in January 2015, arriving from Stromgodset in his homeland of Norway. Initially, the midfielder linked up with the club’s Castilla outfit while he also had loan stints away at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad.

While he played more than 60 times for Castilla, Odegaard managed just 11 senior appearances for Real Madrid, which played a part in him deciding to leave last year.

With Kroos and Modric now in the final phase of their respective careers, Los Blancos are looking to shake things up in midfield and are lining up a big-money move for Jude Bellingham.

As for Odegaard, he is thriving at Arsenal and even though Real Madrid might have a first refusal on him, it is unlikely that the either of the two parties are considering a reunion at this point.

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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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