Arsenal face competition from Real Sociedad and a host of English clubs in race to sign Odegaard

Arsenal face competition from Real Sociedad and a number of Premier League clubs in the race to sign Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid this month, according to Sky Sports.

The Gunners are in talks with the Spanish champions to bring the 22-year-old to the Emirates for the rest of the season. It is being reported that the player has officially requested Real Madrid to let him leave in the January transfer window in order to get regular game time. He has started just three games in the La Liga this season.

It is understood that Leicester City were interested in signing Odegaard on loan when it first became clear that the Spanish giants were prepared to let him leave the club. After holding preliminary discussions, the Foxes decided against pursuing the matter.

Odegaard spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Real Sociedad and enjoyed a productive season which saw him score seven goals and provide nine assists in 36 appearances across all competitions.

The player would prefer to return to Real Sociedad, according to Guillem Balague via the BBC. He feels that the adaptation process will be easier if he stays in Spain and his only focus is on getting more playing time. On Odegaard, Balague said:

“He wants to go to Real Sociedad and they want him. They’re waiting on Real Madrid’s decision.”

“Arsenal are not the only Premier League club who have made enquiries about him but he would like to go back to Real Sociedad. The adaptation process will be easier there and all he wants is to play.”

“Since 1 December he’s played only five minutes. He played against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on that date then he got an injury and was out for three games. But he has barely featured since.”

“It goes back to this idea that Zidane doesn’t do well with youngsters and their development. That has disappointed Real Madrid. The question is whether Real’s loss to third division Alcoyano on Wednesday changes anything. Before that game they had decided to let Odegaard go. The decision is just where he goes to.”

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