Manchester United reportedly courted Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard twice prior to his 2021 transfer from Real Madrid.
The Norway international initially joined Arsenal on loan – before agreeing to make his deal a permanent one at the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta took the captain’s armband from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during a time he was trying to change the mentality in the dressing room. That responsibility was passed on to Odegaard, who has keen a key player for the Gunners this season as they challenge for the Premier League title.
A new report from the Daily Star claims two separate United managers explored the possibility of bringing Odegaard to United.
The first was David Moyes, back in 2013, and he invited Odegaard as a 14-year-old to Carrington training ground. A year later he became the youngest ever player in Norway’s top division.
The Daily Star adds that at a later point, United didn’t bother with offer Odegaard a trial. Instead they sent former manager Louis van Gaal to Norway to meet the teenager. It is suggested that the Dutchman denied the midfielder’s request to immediately train with the first team.
Real Madrid (Castilla) eventually won the race to Odegaard’s signature in 2015 and would later sell him to Arsenal for £30 million.
Odegaard will lead Arsenal out against United on Sunday and the Gunners will be looking for revenge after losing 3-1 at Old Trafford in September.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t trade Bruno Fernandes for Odegaard. Not in a million years.