Arsenal seem to have sealed a deal to bring Martin Odegaard to the club on loan for the remainder of the season.
According to multiple media reports Martin Odegaard would go to Arsenal or Real Sociedad on loan. It was between those two clubs.
Speaking before their game against Real Betis, Real Sociedad’s coach, Imanol Alguacil confirmed that at no time was it an option for Odegaard to join his side.
“I think that at no time has there been that option of him coming,” Alguacil said at a press conference, “but of course he did want him to come, for all that he showed, for what a good player he is, because the team would grow with him. But he has not been option, so nothing to say.”
That just leaves Arsenal.
Speaking after Arsenal crashed out the FA Cup at Southampton with a poor display, Mikel Arteta was asked about the possible loan deal.
“I don’t know,” he replied when asked if Arsenal were close. “Obviously we played today, so since last night I don’t have any news. Probably, I will get a few phone calls today and see where we are with every deal.”
In addition, AS are now reporting that the player will be transferred to Arsenal.
“Madrid signed Odegaard in January 2015 from Stromsgodset in exchange for 2.3 million that could become 3.4 depending on variables,” they write.
“But five and a half years later, he has only been able to play 11 games with the white jersey (0 goals).
“The rest, transfers to Dutch teams in which, already in professional football, he could not stand out: two seasons at Heerenven (43 games and three goals) and another at Vitesse (39 and 11 goals) did not help him find a gap with Zidane in the first stage of the French. He only shone at Real (36 games and 7 goals).
“But he doesn’t convince Zidane either. Now, with Arteta, the Norwegian hopes to be able to turn his luck for the return next summer.”
You can find out how much he is costing Arsenal here.