Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard is a step closer to sealing his deal with Arsenal, as reports indicate the Gunners want to sign him on a permanent transfer for a fee close to £30m (UGX 144,800,100,000).
According to BBC, there is still work to be done before Odegaard can make the final move to Emirates. The deal is still in its infant stages and we await more reports from both teams.
It’s important to note that the 22-year-old midfielder had once spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates but now sees a long term future at Arsenal.
Odegaard, who joined Real Madrid in 2015, has only made eight league appearances for the Spanish side and has also spent time on loan at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad before the spell with Arsenal. He also made 20 appearances for Arsenal scoring two goals last season.
However, Carlo Ancelotti replaced Zinedine Zidane as head coach and Odegaard was subsequently told he faced a fight for regular action this season.
Mikel Arteta made it clear at the end of last season that he wanted the Norwegian to return to the Emirates on a permanent basis, and has since spoken about wanting to add more new signings to his squad before the transfer window closes on 31 August.
Personal terms are yet to be finalised but no issues are expected and Arsenal are now confident of sealing an agreement once the finer details of the fee are determined.
Arsenal close to signing Martin Odegaard
Arsenal had hoped to take on Leicester City’s James Maddison and also considered Lyon’s Houssem Aouar but later turned their focus back to Odegaard once it appeared both the player and Madrid were willing to reach an agreement. The club needed to offload midfielder Joe Willock to Newcastle United in a deal worth £25m to help finance a transfer for potential incomings and create space in the squad. The Norwegian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Norway national team made his debut for Strømsgodset Toppfotball in April 2014, nearly becoming the youngest player to feature in Tippeligaen, and became its youngest goalscorer in May.
Odegaard would join Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares as the Spaniard’s signings this summer.
Arsenal takes on Chelsea on Sunday and Odegaard would need to be registered before midday on Friday to be available for selection.