Martin Odegaard ‘will’ join Arsenal after Edu strikes Real Madrid transfer ‘agreement’

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Martin Odegaard will join Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the season, according to reports. Odegaard has emerged as a top target for Arsenal in the January transfer window. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to sign the Real Madrid star to bolster his attacking midfield options.

Odegaard has been starved of game time at Real this season.

The 22-year-old Norway international has played just five minutes of football since the beginning of December.

Real Sociedad are keen to re-sign Odegaard on loan after he had a successful season with the La Liga club last season.

Los Blancos have made it clear Odegaard is available for loan and the player is keen on a move.

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However, reports out of Spain claim Arsenal are set to secure his signature.

El Confidencial claim ‘Arsenal will be the fate’ of Odegaard.

The author of the article, Kike Marin, added more on his Twitter account, claiming Arsenal pushed harder than Sociedad to complete a deal for the player and that an agreement has been reached.

If so, it is good news for Arsenal technical director Edu, who has come under some criticism for recent signings.

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Former midfielder Edu is in charge of incomings at the Emirates and it appears he has won the race to sign Odegaard.

Odegaard would be the second player Arsenal have on loan from the Bernabeu.

Dani Ceballos is currently spending his second season with Arteta’s squad.

Recently, the Spain international spoke about the need for young players to get regular first-team football, including Odegaard.

“Young players need to play regularly,” Ceballos said.

“At Real Madrid, I needed to know that I would have equal opportunities. I was obsessed with playing again.

“I wasn’t getting minutes, but I realised it was best to work and reverse the situation and be important [with another club].

“If I do this [go on loan], I’ll play again. It couldn’t have been any clearer.

“I can tell you what happened to me at Madrid.

“I don’t know exactly what will happen with Martin Odegaard, but it is obvious that any player who wants to succeed at Madrid is going to grab the opportunity he has.”

Odegaard would provide direct competition to Emile Smith Rowe at Arsenal.

Smith Rowe, 20, has played a crucial part in the Gunners’ turnaround in form since Boxing Day.

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