Martin Odegaard transfer: Arsenal agree to sign Real Madrid midfielder on loan until end of season | Football news
Arsenal have reached a deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan until the end of the season.
Odegaard will undergo a medical examination within the next 24 hours before completing his temporary move to north London.
The 22-year-old has made it clear that he wants to leave this month to play regular first-team football, having played just nine times in all competitions for Real Madrid this season.
Real Sociedad were keen to re-sign Odegaard after his one-season loan spell last year, but it is believed that Real Madrid’s preference was to send him to a club outside of La Liga.
Odegaard had seven goals and nine assists in 36 appearances on La Liga loan last season, which led Real Madrid to cut his two-year loan short and make him part of their first-team.
A number of Premier League clubs were also interested in the Norwegian, including Leicester, although the Foxes chose not to sue the Norway international after preliminary talks.
The deal was made the same day Mesut Ozil’s departure from club confirmed, as the 32-year-old terminated his contract at Emirates Stadium to join Fenerbahce on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
Odegaard is set to become Arsenal’s second January window signing, after the club secured the services of Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan on a six month loan deal.
Mikel Arteta’s side have also seen Sokratis Papastathopoulos leave the club after mutually agreeing to cancel his contract, while Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba have joined Schalke 04 and Nice respectively on loan until the end of the season.
Sokratis is expected to return to Greece and sign with Olympiacos, according to Sky in Italy.
Genoa and Lazio were linked with a move for the defender, but a deal to take him to Serie A seems unlikely.
Peter Smith from Sky Sports:
What will Odegaard bring to the Premier League? Well, some hype, hope, and a lot of media attention to begin with.
The attention of the footballing world was focused on him in 2015 when, a month after his 16th birthday, Real Madrid won the race for his signing – and interest in the 22-year-old is about to grow. ignite again.
Already a Norwegian international when he joined Real, Odegaard – who had drawn some exciting comparisons with Lionel Messi – immediately started training with the first team and became the club’s youngest player in the last game of this season. .
At the time, anticipation of what Odegaard would become at the Bernabeu knew no bounds – but his progress, perhaps disappointing to some, has since been calmer, as the gradual progression of a midfielder technician took shape.
Patience pays off now, however. After a disappointing 18-month loan spell at Heerenveen, Odegaard had an outstanding season at Vitesse in 2018/19, creating more chances than any other Dutch top-flight player and finishing third in Dusan Tadic’s assists table. and Hakim Ziyech.
He backed him up with an impressive season at Real Sociedad last year, when he hit double in goal contributions, and was called up to Real Madrid as a result.
While it was ultimately difficult to find a way to get into Zinedine Zidane’s roster, Arsenal landed an elegant creator, passer and attacking midfielder with a fine touch and keen awareness of the game.
Odegaard will bring excitement on and off the pitch.
“Odegaard changed his mind to join Arsenal”
European football expert Fabrizio Romano:
“It’s almost finished. He is passing his medical examination and the papers are being signed. I think that everything is done between Real Madrid and Arsenal.
“The player was set to join Real Sociedad on loan, but Mikel Arteta then called the player, his family and his agent to convince them he would have playing time and play in the Premier League with Arsenal .
“So Odegaard changed his mind about three or four days ago. It will be over in the next few hours and it will be a simple six month loan. I’m told that at the end of the season, Arsenal and Real Madrid will speak again on the situation with Dani Ceballos.
“They will decide then, but Arsenal have a very interesting talent as they were tempted by a move to Ajax. But after Arteta’s call he decided to move to England.”
The winter transfer window is open until Monday February 1 at 11 p.m.
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