Young Real Madrid talent Martin Ødegaard joins Arsenal on a permanent deal

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Arsenal and Real Madrid have agreed to a permanent deal to send Martin Odegaard to London – this is their main transfer target of this summer transfer window. He spent the second half of last season playing for the Gunners on loan.

The paperwork has been completed, a contract has been signed and a medical test is done. An official announcement is expected shortly.

It is reported that the Norwegian will sign a five-year contract for a fee of just under €40m including add-ons. Last season, Martin played 14 games for the North London side and scored 1 goal with 2 assists.

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The 22-year-old has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (two jabs), so he will not have to undergo quarantine on arrival in England and can be ready for the derby against Chelsea.

  • When the deal is done, it would be the most expensive transfer of Norwegian in history. Perhaps next summer, Erling Haaland will set a new record.
  • Arsenal are also still hoping to sign Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United and have reopened negotiations for the England Under-21 goalkeeper.