New Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard reportedly snubbed a move to north London rivals Tottenham before heading to The Emirates.
Norwegian football journalist Arilas Ould-Saada, as cited by sportslens, claims that Spurs made a move to sign the Norwegian on loan for the rest of the season. However, the 22-year-old opted for a switch to the Emirates instead.
Odegaard was identified as a solution to Arsenal’s lack of midfield creativity. He will wear the number 11 shirt previously associated with Mesut Ozil, who has now joined Fernerbache.
The attacking midfielder has struggled for game time at the Bernabeu and impressed on loan at Real Sociedad last season.
Spurs were said to be looking at Odegaard as a potential replacement for Dele Alli.
The Tottenham midfielder has fallen completely out of favour under Jose Mourinho and is wanted by PSG.
However, Daniel Levy does not want to let the playmaker leave without a replacement coming in, hence the prior interest in Odegaard.
But Jose Mourinho confirmed on Wednesday that he is not expecting in incomings or outgoings. That appears to have scuppered Dele’s chances of a link-up with former boss Mauricio Pochettino in Paris.
As for Odegaard, he could make his Gunners debut in the big clash against Manchester United on Saturday.
Valdano criticises Odegaard move
Former Real Madrid player and manager Jorge Valdano has warned Martin Odegaard that his move to Arsenal could be a mistake as he criticised the Norwegian’s mentality.
Valdano suggested that a player capable of Real Madrid’s standards would not back down from the task of proving themselves at the Bernabeu.
“I am more concerned about his mentality,” he added.
“It is not worthy of a Real Madrid player to leave your place, not have that patience. It’s not just any player ahead of him.
“I am surprised that he would leave the club and leave his spot open for others.”