Arsenal have beaten off competition from Real Sociedad to secure Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid for the rest of the season.
The Gunners will pay an upfront fee in the region of £2 million and will also cover the player’s wages, thought to be in the region of £40,000 per week, until July.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder had asked Zinedine Zidane to let him move in January so that he could play regular first-team football after a frustrating few months at the Bernabeu.
Odegaard was one of Europe’s hottest prospects when he signed for Real as a 16-year-old in 2015 but he’s only featured 11 times for the first team.
Consecutive year-long loan spells at Dutch sides Heerenveen and Vitesse were much more fruitful and he really came of age at Sociedad last season, for whom he scored seven goals and made nine assists in 36 appearances.
The San Sebastien outfit were pretty confident the Norway international would join them again but calls from Edu and Mikel Arteta changed all that, and he will add quality and depth to our creative midfield options, as well as easing the burden on the flourishing Emile Smith Rowe.
Welcome to the Arsenal Martin, we’re looking forward to seeing what you can do.