EPL giants Arsenal are confident that they can land Real Madrid outcast Martin Odegaard on a short-term loan deal, according to a report by Goal.
They claim: “Arsenal are hopeful of signing Martin Odegaard on loan in the coming days.
“Talks are ongoing with Real Madrid over a deal for the attacking midfielder and Goal can confirm that the north London club are growing in their belief that they are on course to land their man until the end of the season.
“It had looked like the Norway international would be returning for another loan spell with Real Sociedad, following on from the successful year he spent in San Sebastian during the 2019-20 campaign.
“But Arsenal have now moved to the front of the queue for Odegaard, who requested permission to leave Real Madrid this month in order to get more regular game time.”
EPL transfer: Is Martin Odegaard coming to Arsenal?
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Arsenal have parted ways with Mesut Ozil this month and with Dani Ceballos also failing to impress, the North London side are on the look out for a new creative midfielder.
And – if true then the addition of young Martin Odegaard could be a double-edged sword for the EPL side.
The Norwegian has failed to cement his place at Real Madrid but last season he was one of the star players for Real Sociedad and Arsenal are banking on this very same form.
The 22-year-old has no place in Madrid’s starting XI right now and Zidane will have no problems in letting him leave on loan for the remainder of the season.
Various reports in Spain claim that Arsenal should be able to wrap up the deal in the coming days but there is no purchase option in the loan deal.
Odegaard has played in only seven league games for Real Madrid this season but some experts feel Arsenal should try and back on the form of Emile Smith Rowe instead of bringing in the Real Madrid outcast on a short-term deal.
It’s anybody’s guess as to how Martin Odegaard will perform in the EPL but at least the Gunners are sensible enough not to commit to a permanent deal for the Norwegian.