Tim Sherwood has claimed that Martin Odegaard could join Arsenal on a permanent deal if the club win the Europa League this season.
The Gunners are well-placed to reach the final of Europe’s second-tier competition having been given a favourable draw in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Speaking to Optus Sport’s The Analysis Show, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager also professed that he’d sign the player if given the choice.
Sherwood said: “I think they would love to sign him if they possibly could. I would definitely sign him. I think Odegaard might only come to Arsenal if they finish in the Champions League, which means they need to win the Europa League.”
What should Arsenal do regarding Odegaard?
Extend his loan
Don't bring him back
We have seen in the seasons gone by that European competition has no effect on whether Arsenal can attract the right calibre of player.
In the summer of 2019, after Unai Emery had lost the Europa League final and failed to qualify for the Champions League, the outfit still managed to complete the transfer of Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian was attracting the likes of Bayern Munich and Liverpool, however, the Reds still managed to see off the competition to sign the star.
The trend continued in the shape of Gabriel Magalhaes, who joined Mikel Arteta’s squad despite being courted by Manchester United, who had just qualified for Europe’s premier competition.
Arsenal’s ability to sign Odegaard definitely does not rest on their ability to qualify for the Champions League. History has shown that history and a manager who knows what he’s doing is enough to lure players to the club.