Report: Chelsea interested in £50m rated star, Haaland said he can do 'incredible things'

Chelsea are keeping an eye on Martin Odegaard’s situation at Arsenal with the summer transfer window fast approaching, according to the Daily Star.

Odegaard has been a revelation since he joined the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid in January.

Mikel Arteta is keen on keeping the talented Norwegian permanently, but may have to fork out £50m (Daily Star) if they are to retain his services.

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Not only will Arsenal have to make this economic verdict, they might have to fend off some of Europe’s elite clubs in securing Odegaard.


Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain are apparently interested.

Madrid may also decide to recall the 22-year-old after being impressed by his performances away from the Bernabeu.

Blues fans might want to take notice following Erling Haaland’s comments about his compatriot.

The Borussia Dortmund striker, who is top of Chelsea’s transfer wish list, told the Mirror: “We know how good Odegaard can be.

“When he gains confidence with the ball, you know incredible things can happen.”

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This is high praise from arguably the most sort after player in world football right now.

Arsenal certainly don’t have the kind of financial pull that Chelsea or PSG wield.

Nor will they have the same European pedigree if the Gunners fail to win the Europa League this year.

There are plenty of decisions for Odegaard to make between now and June when his current contract expires in North London.

The Chelsea Chronicle View

Yes, he’s a wonderful technician. Yes, he’s one of the brightest talents in the game right now.

But do Chelsea need him? I don’t think so.

Thomas Tuchel has plenty of creative types in his team already, so to bring another on board seems foolish.

Let Arsenal have their moment in the spotlight on this one.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.