Carlo Ancelotti’s return to Real Madrid could hand Arsenal a boost in their pursuit of Martin Odegaard.
The Italian boss has joined the La Liga giants for the second time as he abruptly left Everton on Tuesday.
And that decision could have a knock-on effect on Odegaard’s future at the Bernabeu with the Gunners keen to make their loan move permanent this summer after the Norwegian impressed at the Emirates during the second half of the season.
Odegaard has failed to make an impact at Madrid following his switch from Norwegian side Stromsgodset as a 16-year-old in January 2015.
The 22-year-old worked under Ancelotti during his first stint at the club with the manager making it clear he did not approve of the signing claiming it was a ‘PR stunt’ from president Florentino Perez.
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He said at the time: “When Florentino buys a Norwegian footballer, you simply have to accept it. He could be the best player in the world, but I don’t care because he was not a player who I asked for.
“That signing was to do with PR.”
Ancelotti’s opinion of Odegaard could have of course changed, but Arsenal fans will be hoping it hasn’t as they hope to secure his services in the upcoming transfer window.
And their fingers will be crossed that Ancelotti’s acquisition could change Perez’s stance on Odegaard leaving the club.
As it stands, the Madrid chief will block any kind of transfer that would see him depart the Bernabeu for good.
And Mikel Arteta made it clear he wanted to lure the midfielder away from Real Madrid, but that it was ultimately out of their hands.
He said: “We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we’d like to do.
“He’s not our player, we will have discussions in the next few weeks. We respect he’s a Real Madrid player and will have those communications.
“We’ve tried to make everything that we could to get Martin performing for the team, which I think he’s done, and he’s adapted really well to our way of playing and our football club.
“Hopefully, we have given him the hope and the feeling that this could be a good place for him here.”
Arteta wouldn’t give too much away when asked if a deal could be struck, explaining: “I don’t know, it’s not in our hands.”