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Permanent Odegaard stay? Confirmation that Arsenal & Real Madrid ‘will talk at end of the season’

Permanent Odegaard stay? Confirmation that Arsenal & Real Madrid ‘will talk at end of the season’

Gunners making moves

The major talking point at the Emirates this weekend has of coursed surrounded additions to Mikel Arteta’s squad.

First, on Friday, Arsenal announced their first high-profile addition of the January window, securing the services of shot-stopper Mat Ryan from Brighton on a temporary basis:

Even more exciting for fans of the Gunners, though, has been the chatter surrounding Martin Odegaard.

Norwegian creator Odegaard was of course once viewed as the next up and coming star of European football.

Since returning to parent club Real Madrid on the back of an impressive loan stint with La Liga rivals Real Sociedad last season, however, the 22-year-old has majorly struggled for game-time.

In fact, to this point in the Spanish top-flight campaign, Odegaard has been afforded a paltry 3 starts.

As such, it has come as little surprise to see another temporary departure from the Bernabeu widely touted of late.

Permanent stay?

The landing spot most persistently touted for Odegaard over the early weeks of the window, understandably, were Sociedad, where the midfielder shone so brightly less than 12 months ago, and could continue his development in a comfortable surrounding.

The last 48 hours+, however, have seen La Real blown completely out of the water by none other than Arsenal.

A phone call on the part of Mikel Arteta is said to have proven key to convincing Odegaard that a spell at the Emirates would breathe fresh life into his career, with a loan for the 2nd half of the campaign, in turn, expected to be announced imminently:

One stance which has remained consistent throughout the media coverage of Arsenal’s swoop for Odegaard, though, is of course the fact that the Gunners will not secure an option to make the Norwegian’s signing permanent come the summer.

And though such claims are expected to prove accurate upon the deal between the clubs being announced, all hope of the board in north London swinging a more long-term agreement in 6 months’ time does not yet appear lost.

This comes amid claims that, in fact, Arsenal and Real Madrid will discuss Odegaard’s future come the campaign’s conclusion:

Furthermore, it has been suggested by Norwegian journalist Arilas Ould-Saada that, should Odegaard go on to thrive under Mikel Arteta at the Emirates, Arsenal will have ‘good chances’ of carving out a permanent transfer in the summer:


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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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