Arsenal have made an official approach to Real Madrid to sign Martin Odegaard on loan during the January transfer window.
Sprouting out of nowhere in typical transfer window fashion, the Norwegian playmaker was reported to be desperate to leave Los Blancos on loan, only to hours later be involved in discussions with Arsenal.
His name emerged to delight from supporters, whose excitement turned to angst as they saw the Gunners’ name highlighted among other interested parties.
In need of a temporary addition, one that could become permanent if all goes well, Odegaard’s name fits the bill as the supporting cast for Emile Smith Rowe. Young, eager and suited to the system, his addition would go down a treat in north London.
There are, however, three key factors that will determine the outcome of his immediate future.
3 crucial factors that will impact Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard
Importantly, the side most heavily linked with the 22-year-old other than Arsenal, Real Sociedad, will have a deciding say in the matter.
In many ways, it’s almost like home comforts for Martin Odegaard: he spent the entirety of last season on loan in the Basque Country and left a lasting impression on the club.
16 goal involvements across the season – amounting to 0.36/90 minutes – don’t tell the whole story, as the midfielder also recorded admirable creative statistics. La Real’s form dropped off in the second half of the season which coincided with Odegaard’s own limited output in regards to goals and assists, but his base statistics never dropped significantly.
Battling near the top of the table this season, Sociedad know adding more creativity into their side, not least one who won’t need an adjustment period, could have a deciding impact on whether they can secure a top four berth.
As per Guillem Balague and Cadena Ser in Spain, it’s a move both parties want. They’re waiting on Madrid’s decision and are hoping for a resolution. On top of that, a purchase option will be included, which undoubtedly places Sociedad in the driving seat.
That, however, doesn’t make the deal totally cut and dry.
Madrid are far from their best this season despite only losing three matches, and the possibility of dropping further down the table remains a distinct possibility. In loaning Odegaard to La Real, they could well be assisting a direct rival. Zinedine Zidane has spoken of his admiration for Odegaard, and even if he’s not playing regularly he’ll know better than most about his ability.
Hesitancy on may cause head over heart thinking.