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Arsenal face strong competition for Odegaard

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Norway’s international Martin Odegaard hopes to be granted his wish to leave on loan for regular first-team football this month; the board of Real Madrid is currently considering the London club’s new proposal; Arsenal faces heavy competition for Odegaard

Arsenal made a Real Madrid approach to attack midfielder Martin Odegaard.

Odegaard hopes to be granted his wish to leave for regular first-team football this month on loan, and the Real Madrid board is currently discussing the London club’s new plan.

While on loan at La Real last season, the 22-year-old impressed, scoring seven goals and nine assists over 36 appearances, and it was thought that there was an opportunity for a further season-long loan, but Real opted to call him back and be part of the first-team squad.

Arsenal has already struggled to approach the midfielder and is facing heavy competition from Real Sociedad, which has approached Real Madrid, as well as several Premier League clubs, to take him back on loan.

When it first became apparent that Madrid was willing to let him go, Leicester was interested in the prospect of a loan arrangement for Norway International, but after preliminary talks, they chose not to pursue it.

“This season, under Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, Odegaard has battled for game time, playing just 12 times without scoring a goal.

Remember last month, we said the January window will be like two halves – the first one will try to unload loan players to slash the wage bill, to reduce the squad’s size.

Then, if they could get enough off the wage bill, they would be able to focus on an opportunity in the second half.”

“Edu, the technical director, has said Arsenal would focus on the attacking midfield area. It looks like Real Madrid will grant his wish for Odegaard to leave on loan.”

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