Arsenal complete signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid
- Odegaard featured 20 times for Arsenal last season while on loan from Real Madrid
- Arteta is a huge admirer of the Norwegian and has in the past hinted at wanting him on a permanent deal
- The 22-year old flew to London on Wednesday for a medical ahead of an official announcement by the club
- On Friday, Odegaard was announced as an official Arsenal player
Arsenal have completed the signing of Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £30m.
The Norwegian landed in London on Wednesday, August 18 to undergo his medical ahead of an official announcement by Arsenal.
According to Sky Sports, personal terms were yet to be agreed by Wednesday although that should not be a problem as Odegaard is already vaccinated and will not need to isolate.
The talented midfielder will however be unavailable against Chelsea in the North London derby as he is still waiting for Visa clearance.
Odegaard, 22, is no stranger to Arsenal as he spent the second half of last season at the Emirates, on loan from Real Madrid.
Across all competitions, he made a total of 20 appearances, scoring two goals, including one in the North London derby against Tottenham.
He will become Arsenal’s fourth summer signing after Ben White, Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta last season made it clear he wanted Odegaard to be part of his squad on a permanent basis and recently hinted the club was keen on new signings before the close of the summer transfer window.
Gunners to push for Ramsdale deal
Meanwhile, Arsenal will still push to sign Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United, after talks initially broke down.
A second round of discussions have gone well and according to reports and discussions currently revolve around the structure of the deal, the amount that will be dished upfront and add-ons.
Arsenal missing from list of top 10 most valuable teams
Elsewhere, Chelsea and Man United have made the top 10 list of the world's most valuable squads.
According to Transfermarkt who compiled the list, City's squad value is estimated to be worth an astonishing £955.6m (about KSh 143 billion).
Source: Sports Brief News