Arsenal will find it difficult to sign Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal from Real Madrid this summer.
That is according to former Manchester United and Gunners striker Andy Cole, who has dubbed the midfielder a ‘technically-gifted baller’.
Odegaard, who is on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid, scored his first Premier League goal in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday.
His Bernabeu future remains uncertain with Zinedine Zidane in charge, but Cole has no doubts about the 22-year-old’s talent.
He told talkSPORT: “Odegaard is a baller. He’s technically very, very gifted.
“There’s talk of Arsenal trying to bring him to the Emirates [on a permanent deal] in the summer. I would be surprised.
“He’s had a few issues with Zidane. They’re not sure if Zidane will be there next season, so that’ll be interesting. The Arsenal fans love Odegaard.”
Odegaard cancelled out Erik Lamela’s outstanding rabona goal, before Alexandre Lacazette’s second-half penalty sealed the points for Arsenal against their north London rivals.
The Norway international played the full 90 minutes for the first time in a Premier League match as Mikel Arteta paid tribute to his ‘incredible’ stamina.
The Gunners boss said: “He’s got a real stamina and he’s so talented, but his work-rate is incredible. Not only that, he’s intelligent.
“The timing of his runs, when he presses, his body shape.
“I’m really impressed and he had an incredible performance today. He’s giving us something different and it’s making us better.”
Odegaard has had loan spells with Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad since joining Real Madrid as a 16-year-old in 2015.
Speaking about his future in a recent interview with Norwegian outlet Verdens Gang, he said: “I’ve been looking for stability, but I haven’t found it.
“It’ll be important to find stability. I’m very happy at Arsenal, enjoying myself. I like it here. Now my focus is to finish the season, then we’ll see.”