Odegaard wage differences
Arsenal signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan until the end of the season in what was seen as a savvy deal both financially and in relation to the player’s quality. The Times reported that Arsenal had only paid an outlay of around £2.5 million to secure the signing of the Norwegian international.
This fee would be brought about by a combination of the 22-year old’s £38,000 per week wages and the £1.8 million loan fee paid to Real Madrid. Considering that Arsenal have moved on a significant number of players both on loan and permanently, this was a drop in the ocean in regards to the financial toll on the club.
Arsenal managed to move on Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos by terminating their contracts and saving a significant amount of money on expected wages – particularly for the aforementioned German. The club also sent William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac on loan saving further money in addition to any loan fees.
— Fenerbahçe English (@Fenerbahce_EN) January 27, 2021
However, Norwegian media has detailed that the supposed figure detailed in The Times’ report is underestimating the cost. According to VG, they believe that Odegaard is on a sum closer to £100,000 per week, more than double the amount previously reported. Should this be true and the loan fee remain similar, this would increase the total cost to just over £3.6 million.
A difference of ~£1 million, either way, is still however a smart piece of business by Arsenal to secure quality cover and competition for their central attacking midfield and right-hand-side positions.
Late Spurs interest
Further intriguing information was published from the Norwegian media also claiming that Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur had made an approach for Odegaard.
📲 Edu reached out to Ødegaard’s people 3 weeks ago. @SpursOfficial made a move.
🗣️ Decisive meeting between MØ and Zidane after Athletic game.
💰 Wages much closer to 100.000£/week than reported. Deal worth €4m.
The whole story behind the scenes (+):https://t.co/9a4huCzsBn
— Arilas Ould-Saada (@arilasos) January 28, 2021
Jose Mourinho spoke ahead of the match with Liverpool and quelled any suggestions of possible business being conducted by the club, including possible outgoings such as Dele Alli.
“The transfer window is open and sometimes unexpected things can happen but I don’t expect it,” said Mourinho. I am saying that since the beginning of the transfer window I was not expecting anyone to leave.
“I was not expecting anyone to come. Until now 27th Jan, almost at the end… I don’t believe anything will happen but it’s open, still. Football is football.”
With an injury to Giovanni Lo Celso and Alli’s position at the club very much left to the ambiguous, a move for Odegaard in the short term might have made sense, however it was Arsenal who won the day for the Norwegian.