Real Madrid need to clear their ranks if they are to move for Erling Haaland this summer and they are hoping to get some assistance from north London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham. Manchester United and Chelsea also want to capture the Borussia Dortmund forward at the end of the season.
Premier League clubs are in a much stronger financial position than their La Liga rivals heading into the summer window.
Such stability is tempting United and Chelsea to move for Haaland before his £67million release clause becomes active next year.
It will cost more to sign the Norwegian this summer but it there will be much less competition.
The only way Real can battle for the 20-year-old’s signature is by selling some of their fringe stars.
And they are hoping that Arsenal and Tottenham come to the table to help lighten their wage bill.
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And on manager Mikel Arteta, Odegaard said: “Very good. He is incredible. I have a lot to learn from him. I just need to ‘sharpen my ears’ and pay attention. He is fantastic.”
However, Real will not have the funds to sign Haaland by just selling the two stars to Arsenal.
AS claim they will also need to strike a blockbuster deal with Tottenham to try and offload Gareth Bale.
The Welshman has been on loan at his former side this term and is gradually beginning to find his feet after two years in the wilderness.
Jose Mourinho has hinted that he wants to keep the winger beyond this season, but that feeling is not reciprocated.
While on international duty last week, Bale said: “There’s no distraction for me.
“I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost.
“Going into the Euros I wanted to be match-fit. The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid.
“My plan is to go back, that’s as far I have planned.”