Martin Odegaard is preparing to make a decision on his future, with Arsenal one of the two front-runners for his signature on loan.

Real Madrid's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard reacts during the Spanish league football match Real Betis against Real Madrid CF at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on September 26, 2020. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard reacts during the Spanish league football match Real Betis against Real Madrid CF at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on September 26, 2020. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

TheAFCBell report that Martin Odegaard will meet with his father and agent very soon to make a final decision about his future. He’s available on loan this month, with Real Sociedad and Arsenal the favourites of the five serious offers for him.

The player is open to the idea of playing in the Premier League, but he hasn’t made a final decision just yet. Both Arsenal and Real Sociedad have provided much more concrete offers than the likes of Sevilla – also strongly linked in recent days.

Dani Ceballos recently stressed the importance of playing regularly for someone like Odegaard. Ceballos’ own loan transfer should give Arsenal a bit of an edge in negotiations for the 22-year-old.

There’s also the fact that Real Sociedad aren’t exactly too far off Real Madrid in the table right now. Strengthening a fellow Spanish club may not be the best idea when they could send the midfielder to England instead.

On the other hand, Real Sociedad’s big draw is that they had him on loan last season. Guillem Balague claims Odegaard wants to go back because he knows it will be easy to adapt and get straight out onto the pitch again.

It’s not an easy one to call at the moment, but the Spanish side might be ahead of Arsenal in the race right now. It’s up to Mikel Arteta and Edu to make sure they don’t miss out.

Odegaard scored seven goals and assisted nine from midfield last season. He would provide Arsenal with a strong alternative to Emile Smith Rowe, enabling them to rotate and avoid burnout.

Odegaard is also just a big talent himself. If Arsenal can get him in and make him consider a permanent transfer in the future, it would be a major coup.

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