Arsenal hopeful of signing Martin Ødegaard on loan

Much-heralded 22-year-old hasn’t broken through at Real Madrid since move

Martin Odegaard could join Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Martin Odegaard could join Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

 

Arsenal are pushing to sign the Real Madrid playmaker Martin Ødegaard on loan for the rest of the season, with optimism growing there that they will beat Real Sociedad to his signature.

Ødegaard has been made available for a short-term transfer and would, at least until the summer, provide a high-quality solution to Mikel Arteta’s shortage of creative options. Sociedad, with whom he enjoyed an excellent loan season in 2019-20, are keen for his return but Arsenal hope he will opt for a complete change of scenery.

Although there is plenty to be done before Ødegaard’s arrival is close, the 22-year-old’s signing would hold significant intrigue given that he has shown clear signs of realising the promise that led him to join Madrid at 16.

He has featured only nine times in Spain this season, along with appearances for Norway, and would provide a valuable option for an Arsenal side who have become increasingly reliant on Emile Smith Rowe’s attacking midfield performances in recent weeks.

Arteta had been tight-lipped when asked on Thursday about any interest in pursuing Ødegaard.

On Friday Arsenal signed the goalkeeper Mat Ryan on loan from Brighton until the end of the season. – Guardian

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