Martin Odegaard has reportedly chosen Arsenal over Real Sociedad. The Real Madrid player is hopeful a deal can be completed before the end of the day, Friday.
During midweek, Martin Odegaard request to play abroad and his parent club Real Madrid granted him his wish. This became a lot clearer once the player was left out of Los Bloncos embarrassing 2-1 defeat to CD Alcoyano – a third division team playing in the Tercera División.
Move on a day or so from the news of Odegaard wanting out of the Bernabéu for a short stint, Arsenal came sniffing. Having finally broken ties with Mesut Ozil, the club’s best playmaker, they were on the hunt for a replacement.
Martin Ødegaard has decided to join Arsenal over Real Sociedad ⚪️🔴
The deal is expected to be completed in the coming hours. #AFC and Real Madrid are in contact to reach the agreement – Real want a ‘simple’ loan until June.
Arteta spoke directly with the player – key factor. https://t.co/id7qQyNPpL
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 22, 2021
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This coupled with the fact they were lacking creativity for a big part of the start of the Premier League season, the club has to and had to act in the January transfer window.
The timing couldn’t be any more perfect for the Gunners’ board and Mikel Arteta to do business. Having just let go of the second-highest-paid player at the club and freeing other funds with sales, loans and terminations, the money is there for work to be done.
Now one of Europe’s brightest young talents becomes available for a loan deal – one of the best contracts to consider in this wacky market that has been crippled by the year-old pandemic.
It’s as if the football gods were sorting this deal out and making it appear as if nature was just taking its natural course for an Odegaard-Arsenal linkup. The Premier League would be the perfect test for the Norwegian crown jewel.
His senior career has seen a great return when you consider he is only 22 years of age. He’s already made 139 appearances across his loan spells, at his first club and with his current employers. He has a goal contribution of 51 goals, 22 scored and 29 assisted.
Arsenal wants to finalise a deal as soon as possible – hoping to announce his arrival as soon as they can. The sooner the deal goes through the sooner Arteta gets to work with the creative-minded, Martin Odegaard.
If/when they pull this sudden transaction off it will be a double dosage of celebrations for Arsenal fans worldwide. They have already added goalkeeper Mat Ryan to the roster, following an agreement with Brighton for him to end to the season at the Emirates on loan.
It is unclear if the Gunners will do more business after a double-signing Friday (if they complete the Martin deal in time).