Arsenal has completed the signing of Real Madrid Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis. According to reports, they signed the player for a fee of £30m, and they are also in the line to sign goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as the goalie has already completed his medicals with them.
The 22-year-old Norway international spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates. He made 20 appearances in all competitions and scored two goals. Odegaard joins Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares as Arsenal’s signings this summer. He will, however, not play against Chelsea on Sunday due to unfinished visa clearance.
Mikel Arteta Speaks on Odegaard Impact to Arsenal
The head coach of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, was asked what Odegaard would add to the team, and he said: “A lot of things that he brought last season, he made us better, we needed more options and alternatives for creativity.” He also said: “He is still a really young man, but he has huge experiences in clubs already and has unique talents for the way we want to play, so I am really pleased the club have made an effort.”
Arteta had made it clear at the end of last season that he wanted Odegaard to return to the Emirates on a permanent basis, and the Spaniard has since then been on the player’s case.