Arsenal are closing in on the loan signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, football.london understands.
Gunners technical director Edu had spoken with Odegaard’s father Hans and agent Bjorn Tore Kvarme, while on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos had also helped convinced the Norwegian to pick Arsenal over Real Sociedad where he spent part of last season on loan.
The six-month loan deal is not expected to include an option to buy and is similar to the agreement Arsenal currently have with Real Madrid over Ceballos, who is expected to return to the Bernabeu in the summer.
As per reports in Spain, Odegaard has become frustrated with his lack of game time in recent months and has been assured of a platform to showcase his qualities at the highest level, where he’ll compete with Emile Smith Rowe for a place in the Arsenal starting XI.
The Gunners are still in the market for a goalkeeper and left-back with Alex Runarsson also expected to go out on loan in the coming days.