Arsenal suffer Odegaard blow amid Real Madrid clearout plans

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Real Madrid are determined not to lose Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard this summer.

Arsenal had been hoping to make Odegaard a permanent signing this summer after impressing Mikel Arteta during his loan spell but Marca claim the midfielder is one of Real's 'untouchables' and will not be sold.

Real want to get rid of any dead wood this summer in a bid to raise funds for long-term targets PSG striker Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland, but Odegaard, Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde are four players they are not prepared to listen to offers for.

That will come as a huge blow for Arsenal, whose optimism about signing Odegaard had been growing with reports earlier this month claiming that the Norwegian might be one of the players to be sacrificed so the club can afford to carry out their transfer plans.