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Arsenal move closer to signing Martin Odegaard loan

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Arsenal are expected to sign a loan from Martin Odegaard to Real Madrid next January, with an agreement to bring the midfielder to Emirates Stadium, which would be “90% complete”.

Odegaard is eager to leave Real Madrid after making nine meager appearances this season and just one La Liga start since September. As such, he plans to move away from the club in search of first-team football, with Arsenal seen as the favorites for his signing.

The report that Odegaard is almost ready to join the Gunners comes from David Ornstein, who said the deal was about “90% complete” and “looks good”. He said, however, that things had not yet progressed at the stage where the player will have to travel to London as there are a number of details to be “worked out”.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano also took to social media to report that the player chose Arsenal after a personal conversation with Mikel Arteta, and that the deal is expected to be finalized within “the next few hours”.

Since the transfer window opened earlier this month, there has been no shortage of creative midfielders linked to a move to Arsenal, but according to Ornstein, Romano and reports in Spain, the Mikel Arteta’s team gets closer to Real Madrid Martin Odegaard.

The Gunners have also been linked with Emiliano Buendia and they have been talked about rekindling their interest in Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, but paying the asking prices to Norwich City and Lyon respectively would certainly be a stretch for a club that recently contracted a loan from the Bank of England to deal with the financial impacts of the pandemic.

That’s where Odegaard comes in, his lack of playing time this season and his subsequent desire for a loan, as well as Arsenal’s clear need to bring in another creative player means this could be a winner for everyone. world – the ideal solution.

The Norwegian spent last season on loan in San Sebastian with Real Sociedad, making a total of 36 appearances, scoring seven goals and contributing nine assists.

Although the Basque club’s desire was to strike another deal with Los Blancos that would see him join them for the remainder of the campaign and help them qualify for the Champions League, the latest reports from Spain claim that the champions of La Liga would prefer to see him join. Arsenal.

El Diario Vasco had previously announced that Odegaard was heading to north London where he will spend the rest of the season on loan – confirming reports of Ornstein and Romano. Despite reports that the Norwegian had been pushing for a return to La Real, Arsenal’s offer allegedly ‘tempted’ the player and, given all of the above, it seems he succumbed to that temptation.

As Guillem Balague pointed out on Twitter, the two La Liga clubs could end up competing for a place in the UEFA Champions League at the end of the season and thus allowing the talented midfielder to move to the national level could be prove counterproductive for Florentino Perez. .

There have been suggestions circulating on social media, albeit unverified at this point, that Arsenal’s willingness to pay the player’s full salary until the loan is over also earned him points. with Odegaard’s parent club – something Real Sociedad may not have been willing or able to do.

Signed by Real Madrid in 2015 at the age of 16, it should be noted that the player visited Arsenal’s training ground before signing for the Spanish giants. The Gunners were among the clubs courting the player who at the time was considered one of the rising stars of European football.

The Norway international, renowned for his ability to dribble, play key passes, maintain possession and deliver high-quality set pieces, would provide Mikel Arteta with a ready-made option in the number ten role. as the Gunners seek to close the gap on the European venues.

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Given the short-term nature of the deal, it is also unlikely to slow down Emile Smith Rowe’s long-term development.

With the story surrounding Odegaard’s eventual move to the Gunners, it looks like Arsenal is getting closer to their man.

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