Arsenal sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid in €35m transfer

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Odegaard returns to Arsenal following a loan spell last season.

Arsenal have signed Norway international Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent deal, the Premier League club said on Friday. Odegaard will wear the number 8 jersey.

The midfielder spent the latter half of last season on loan at Arsenal, making 20 appearances in all competitions and scoring twice, including in a 2-1 win over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal sign Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal, give him number 8 jersey.

Arsenal did not reveal details of the transfer but British media reported they had agreed to pay around €35m to sign the 22-year-old on a four-year contract.

“He (Odegaard) made us better. We needed more options, alternatives, creativity and players who can be models in this football club,” manager Mikel Arteta told a news conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League home game against Chelsea.

“He’s a young man but he has a lot of experience with huge clubs already. He has a unique talent and I’m delighted that the club has made an effort and now we have Martin in a permanent deal here.”

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Chelsea v Arsenal – Stamford Bridge, London, Britain – May 12, 2021 Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard during the match Pool via REUTERS/Adam Davy/File Photo

Martin Odegaard’s career so far.

Odegaard, who has 30 senior caps for Norway, made his international debut aged 15 and became the youngest player to represent the national team.

He joined Real six months later but made only 11 appearances in all competitions, spending time on loan at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad before making the temporary move to Arsenal in January.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion – Emirates Stadium, London, Britain – May 23, 2021 Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard applauds the fans as he is substituted off Pool via REUTERS/Alastair Grant

Odegaard becomes Arteta’s fourth signing of the summer following the additions of centre back Ben White, midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and left-back Nuno Tavares.

He will not be available for Sunday’s game against Chelsea as Arsenal are awaiting visa clearance, the club said.


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