Real Madrid midfielder Martin Ødegaard has joined Arsenal on a permanent deal, as the club’s press office has formally reported. So, as the persistent transfer rumours have finally led to an official football transfer, Ødegaard joins Arsenal.
The London club has signed the 22-year-old for a fee of 30 million pounds (around 35 million euros) plus bonuses.
Further, based on the deal Ødegaard has signed, his new contract with Arsenal will run for five years, until 2026.
Official Football Transfer – Ødegaard Joins Arsenal
Therefore, Martin Ødegaard re-joins Arsenal on a five-year contract.
The young midfielder spent the second half of last season on a loan spell with the Gunners in London. And he scored once in 20 appearances for the club.
Now, after signing a permanent deal from Real Madrid, the Norway international will wear the number 8 shirt at Arsenal.
Announcing the deal on the club’s official website, Arsenal said of Martin Ødegaard:
“The Norwegian international re-joins after spending the second half of last season on loan with us, during which time he made 20 appearances, notably scoring in our Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium in March.
“The 22-year-old started his career in Norway with Stromsgodset, where he made his debut as a 15-year-old in April 2014, becoming the youngest-ever player to feature in Norway’s top division. He was signed by Real Madrid in January 2015 and subsequently became their youngest player in May 2015.
“In the three seasons from 2017-18, Martin spent loan spells with Heerenveen and Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands and then back in Spain with Real Sociedad in 2019-20, where he helped the club reach the final of the Copa del Rey.
“The attacking midfielder has also made 30 appearances for Norway, making his debut in August 2014, becoming the youngest player to represent his country’s senior national team at the age of just 15 years and 253 days.”
When asked what Martin Ødegaard will bring to the squad, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta said:
“Well, a lot of things that he brought last season. He made us better, we needed more options, alternatives, creativity and players that can be morals for this football club.
“He is still a really young man but he has huge experience in different clubs already. He has a unique talent based on the way we want to play so I’m delighted that the club has made an effort and we have Martin on a permanent deal here.”