Arsenal could lure Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard to the Emirates this summer with the help of Martin Odegaard, according to reports in the Spanish media.
The Norwegian spent six months playing alongside the ex-Chelsea player last season before he was loaned to the Gunners, and it is believed they struck up a good friendship during that time.
Hazard is expected to leave the Bernabeu after three difficult seasons, and his likeliest next move is a return to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Newcastle said to be his two main suitors.
The Magpies’ newfound wealth would probably have made them favourites to land the Belgian international but Odegaard could be the Gunners’ trump card if they do go after the player.
Signing former Chelsea stars has generally not been a successful transfer policy for Arsenal over the years. The likes of Petr Cech, David Luiz and Willian have all played at the Emirates, with Cech (arguably) the only one to have made any real impact at the club. Considering Hazard’s struggles in Spain, you have to wonder whether he’d be any different.