Martin Odegaard set for Arsenal medical TODAY ahead of joining in £2.5m loan deal from Real Madrid after Mikel Arteta convinced him to sign with the promise of regular football
- Madrid will get £2.5m as part of the deal while Arsenal will also pay his wages
- 22-year-old was convinced to join after talking about his role with Mikel Arteta
- He’ll become Arsenal’s second signing of the window after Brighton’s Mat Ryan
Martin Odegaard is set for his Arsenal medical today ahead of joining on a loan deal from Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old, who flew into London on Sunday, is expected to be confirmed as an Arsenal player later today once he’s completed his medical.
The deal will see Arsenal pay a £2.5million fee upfront and then the midfielder’s wages in full for the remainder of the season.
Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard is set to undergo his Arsenal medical on Monday
Odegaard flew into London on Sunday ahead of joining Arsenal on a £2.5m loan deal
Odegaard left the Spanish capital over the weekend after the two teams reached an agreement and will not be required to undergo quarantine before linking up with his new team-mates.
Sportsmail reported over the weekend that Arsenal were hopeful of wrapping up negotiations after holding further talks with the LaLiga champions on Saturday.
Odegaard was also keen to speak to boss Mikel Arteta to understand his expected role in the team with the midfielder desiring regular first-team football, having struggled to break into Madrid’s side this season.
It is understood that Real Madrid wanted their prodigy to join Arsenal ahead of Real Sociedad despite Odegaard initially wanting to move to San Sebastian, where he spent last season on loan.
Mikel Arteta convinced Odegaard to join after meeting with him to discuss his role in the team
The midfielder wanted regular football after struggling for game time under Zinedine Zidane
He initially wanted to join Real Sociedad again but Madrid were keen for him to go to Arsenal
Odegaard will become the second player from the Bernabeu to join Arsenal after Dani Ceballos extended his loan spell in the summer.
His arrival will mean another foreign signing at Arsenal will have to leave, however, with under-fire goalkeeper Alex Runarsson in the firing line.
This will be the Norwegian’s fourth loan spell away from the Bernabeu after joining the club as a 16-year-old in 2017.
Odegaard will become Arsenal’s second signing of the January window after Brighton keeper Mat Ryan joined on loan last week.
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