Arsenal in advanced talks to loan Odegaard

Arsenal are in advanced negotiations to sign Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan.

Odegaard made it clear he wanted to leave this month in order to play regular first-team football, having played just nine times in all competitions for Real Madrid this season.

Real Madrid held productive talks with the Norway international in the last 24 hours, while negotiations with Arsenal are progressing well, although an agreement is yet to be reached.

Real Sociedad were keen on re-signing Odegaard after his season-long loan stint last year, but it is thought Real Madrid’s preference is to send the 22-year-old to a club outside La Liga.

Odegaard registered seven goals and nine assists across 36 appearances on loan at the La Liga side last season, leading Real Madrid to cut short his two-year loan and make him part of their first-team squad.

A number of Premier League clubs were also interested in Odegaard, including Leicester, although the Foxes opted not to pursue the Norwegian international after preliminary discussions.

Cautious optimism at Arsenal over Odegaard

Sky Sports News’ Paul Gilmour on The Transfer Show:

“I was previously told Friday would be a significant day, not necessarily in terms of an official announcement but rather negotiations would step up a level, and that has proved to be the case.

“Arsenal and Real Madrid are in advanced negotiations over a loan move until the end of the season.

“It follows productive talks between Martin Odegaard and Real Madrid. He told them his primary motivation for wanting the move away was regular football, and he got his wish.

“We told you about Arsenal’s approach on Monday and that ultimately is a disappointment for Real Sociedad. They had been confident of taking him back on loan for a second spell.

“But regarding Arsenal, I must stress nothing is signed yet. Clubs tend not to relax until that happens, but it is fair to say there is cautious optimism at Arsenal.”

What will one-time wonderkid Odegaard bring to the Premier League?

Sky Sports’ Peter Smith:

What will Odegaard bring to the Premier League? Well, hype, hope and a lot of media attention for starters.

The attention of the footballing world was centred on him in 2015 when, a month after his 16th birthday, Real Madrid won the race for his signature – and the interest in the now 22-year-old is set to ignite again.

Already a Norway international when he joined Real, Odegaard – who had drawn excitable comparisons with Lionel Messi – immediately began training with the first team and became the club’s youngest-ever player in the final game of that season.

Back then, the anticipation of what Odegaard would become at the Bernabeu knew no bounds – but his progress, perhaps disappointingly for some, has been quieter since, as the gradual progression of a midfield technician has taken shape.

Patience is paying off now, though. After an underwhelming 18-month loan spell at Heerenveen, Odegaard had a standout season at Vitesse in 2018/19, creating more chances than any other player in the Dutch top flight, and finishing third in the assists chart to Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech.

He backed it up with an impressive season at Real Sociedad last year, when he hit double figures for goal contributions, and was recalled to Real Madrid as a result.

While a way into Zinedine Zidane’s line-up has ultimately been hard to find, Arsenal are now set to land a classy creator, a pass-master and an attacking midfielder with a fine touch and bright awareness of the game.

Odegaard will bring excitement on the pitch as well as off it.

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Zidane tests positive for coronavirus

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for the coronavirus, the La Liga club said in a statement on Friday.

The French coach was isolating earlier this month after a close contact tested positive for Covid-19 and did not attend a training session as a result.

Zidane, who is under pressure following Real’s shock cup defeat to third division side Alcoyano earlier this week, will not be available for their La Liga match away at Alaves on Saturday with his assistant David Bettoni set to take charge.

Real are second in the league standings, seven points behind city rivals Atletico Madrid, who have a game in hand.

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard, midfielder Casemiro and defender Eder Militao also tested positive earlier this season.



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Spanish football journalist Alvaro Montero believes Martin Odegaard will be a good replacement for Mesut Ozil

Arsenal in advanced talks to loan Odegaard

Arsenal are in advanced negotiations to sign Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan.

Odegaard made it clear he wanted to leave this month in order to play regular first-team football, having played just nine times in all competitions for Real Madrid this season.

Real Madrid held productive talks with the Norway international in the last 24 hours, while negotiations with Arsenal are progressing well, although an agreement is yet to be reached.

Real Sociedad were keen on re-signing Odegaard after his season-long loan stint last year, but it is thought Real Madrid’s preference is to send the 22-year-old to a club outside La Liga.

Odegaard registered seven goals and nine assists across 36 appearances on loan at the La Liga side last season, leading Real Madrid to cut short his two-year loan and make him part of their first-team squad.

A number of Premier League clubs were also interested in Odegaard, including Leicester, although the Foxes opted not to pursue the Norwegian international after preliminary discussions.



Emile Smith Rowe produced an outstanding display as Arsenal won convincingly




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Arsenal may hinder the progress of Emile Smith Rowe if they sign Martin Odegaard, according to Jermaine Beckford

What would one-time wonderkid Odegaard bring to the Premier League?

Sky Sports’ Peter Smith:

What would Odegaard bring to the Premier League? Well, hype, hope, and a lot of media attention for starters.

The attention of the footballing world was centred on him in 2015 when, a month after his 16th birthday, Real Madrid won the race for his signature – and the interest in the now 22-year-old will ignite again if he comes to these shores.

Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Betis and Real Madrid at the at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Angel Fernandez)
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Arsenal want to bring Martin Odegaard to north London

Already a Norway international when he joined Real, Odegaard – who had drawn excitable comparisons with Lionel Messi – immediately began training with the first team and became the club’s youngest-ever player in the final game of that season.

Back then, the anticipation of what Odegaard would become at the Bernabeu knew no bounds – but his progress, perhaps disappointingly for some, has been quieter since, as the gradual progression of a midfield technician has taken shape.

Patience is paying off now, though. After an underwhelming 18-month loan spell at Heerenveen, Odegaard had a standout season at Vitesse in 2018/19, creating more chances than any other player in the Netherlands’ top flight, and finishing third in the assists charts to Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech.



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Mikel Arteta said Arsenal are ‘looking at options’ in the January transfer window but refused to confirm their interest in Martin Odegaard

He backed it up with an impressive season at Real Sociedad last year, when he hit double figures for goal contributions, and was recalled to Real Madrid as a result.

While a way into Zinedine Zidane’s line-up has ultimately been hard to find, Premier League clubs are now pursuing a classy creator, a pass master, and an attacking midfielder with a fine touch and bright awareness of the game.

Odegaard – if he does come to England – will bring excitement on the pitch as well as off it.

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Real Madrid lose to third-tier Alcoyano

Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to third division Alcoyano to exit the Copa del Rey after extra-time on Wednesday night.

Eder Militao headed in a cross from Brazilian compatriot Marcelo to give Real the lead right at the end of the first half, but Alcoyano substitute Jose Solbes levelled for the hosts with 10 minutes remaining to force the extra period.

Alcoyano were reduced to 10 men in the 110th minute when Ramon Lopez picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Casemiro, but found an unlikely winner five minutes later when midfielder Juanan turned in a cross from close range.

Zidane made nine changes to the team that were beaten 2-1 by Athletic Bilbao in last week’s Spanish Super Cup semi-final but was still able to field a strong starting 11 containing five Champions League winners.

The entire Alcoyano celebrate after taking the lead against Real Madrid deep into extra-time
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The entire Alcoyano celebrate after taking the lead against Real Madrid deep into extra-time

That was the only shock of the night, with Real Sociedad winning 2-0 at Cordoba to pick up their first victory of 2021 and progress.

Bundesliga: Bayern unconvincing in victory

Robert Lewandowski kept up his sensational goalscoring form with a 22nd Bundesliga goal in 16 games
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Robert Lewandowski kept up his sensational goalscoring form with a 22nd Bundesliga goal in 16 games

Bayern Munich remain four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga following an unconvincing 1-0 success away to Augsburg.

Robert Lewandowski, the division’s leading scorer, claimed his 22nd league goal of the campaign by converting a 13th-minute penalty.

The hosts squandered a golden chance to snatch a point as Alfred Finnbogason missed from the spot 14 minutes from time.

RB Leipzig climbed to second after Sweden international Emil Forsberg earned them a 1-0 victory over Union Berlin.

At the other end of the table, Schalke remain rock bottom after conceding a dramatic stoppage-time winner in the 2-1 loss to fellow strugglers Cologne.

Matthew Hoppe cancelled out Rafael Czichos’ opener to level for the hosts but Jan Thielmann struck at the death to inflict defeat.

Cologne, however, remain in the relegation zone after Fabian Klos, an own goal from Marc-Oliver Kempf and Ritsu Doan gave Arminia Bielefeld a thumping 3-0 win over Stuttgart.

In Wednesday’s other game, Keven Schlotterbeck’s second-half own goal secured Eintracht Frankfurt a 2-2 draw at Freiburg. Roland Sallai and Nils Petersen had turned the contest in the home side’s favour following Amin Younes’ early opener.

La Liga: Late penalty miss costs Villarreal

In Spain, Villarreal missed the chance to go third in La Liga after Paco Alcacer missed an stoppage-time penalty in the 2-2 draw with Granada.

Alcacer’s failure from 12 yards, following the dismissal of Yan Eteki, prevented the hosts moving above his former club Barcelona.

Veteran striker Roberto Soldado and Chelsea loanee Kenedy earned Granada a point by scoring either side of Ruben Pena’s goal and Mario Gomez’s spot-kick.

Sergio Canales’ brace cancelled out Santi Mina’s goal to give Real Betis a 2-1 success over Celta Vigo, while Huesca remain bottom after a second-half strike from Mauro Arambarri condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at Getafe.

Ligue 1: Lens close in on Marseille

Simon Banza's second-half winner moved Lens up to seventh
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Simon Banza’s second-half winner moved Lens up to seventh

In France, Lens moved to within a point of sixth-placed Marseille courtesy of Simon Banza’s second-half goal securing a 1-0 win at the Stade Velodrome.

Ronaldo becomes all-time top goalscorer

Cristiano Ronaldo became football’s all-time leading goalscorer by firing Juventus to Italian Super Cup glory against Napoli.

Portugal international Ronaldo registered the 760th strike of a remarkable career in the 64th minute to help reigning Serie A champions Juve claim the trophy with a 2-0 win.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored to help Juventus win a record-extending ninth Italian Super Cup by beating Napoli 2-0 on Wednesday
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored to help Juventus win a record-extending ninth Italian Super Cup by beating Napoli 2-0 on Wednesday

The 35-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward moved one goal ahead of Czech player Josef Bican, who officially managed 759 strikes between 1931 and 1955.

Lorenzo Insigne had a chance to ruin Ronaldo’s milestone moment but missed an 80th-minute penalty before Alvaro Morata wrapped up the win for Andrea Pirlo’s side deep into stoppage time.

Elsewhere in Italy, sixth-placed Atalanta salvaged a 1-1 Serie A draw at Udinese after Colombia striker Luis Muriel cancelled out a first-minute opener from former Watford midfielder Roberto Pereyra.

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Arsenal make approach for Real Madrid’s Odegaard

Arsenal have made an approach to Real Madrid for attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard.

The Norway international is expecting to be granted his wish to leave on loan this month for regular first-team football.

The Real Madrid board is currently considering the latest proposal from the London club.

Arsenal, who have already failed with an approach for the midfielder, face strong competition for Odegaard, including at least one other Premier League club.

Odegaard has struggled for game time under Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane this season, featuring just 12 times without scoring a goal.

The 22-year-old impressed while on loan at Real Sociedad last season, registering seven goals and nine assists across 36 appearances.

Odegaard in Arsenal’s window of two halves

Sky Sports News’ Dharmesh Sheth on the Transfer Show:

“You’ll remember last month, we said the January window would be all about two halves – the first would be trying to offload players on loan to cut the wage bill, reduce the size of the squad.

“Then if they could get enough off the wage bill, maybe in the second half they could concentrate on an opening.

“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.”

What would one-time wonderkid Odegaard bring to the Premier League?

Sky Sports’ Peter Smith:

What would Odegaard bring to the Premier League? Well, hype, hope, and a lot of media attention for starters.

The attention of the footballing world was centred on him in 2015 when, a month after his 16th birthday, Real Madrid won the race for his signature – and the interest in the now 22-year-old will ignite again if he comes to these shores.

Already a Norway international when he joined Real, Odegaard – who had drawn excitable comparisons with Lionel Messi – immediately began training with the first team and became the club’s youngest-ever player in the final game of that season.

Back then, the anticipation of what Odegaard would become at the Bernabeu knew no bounds – but his progress, perhaps disappointingly for some, has been quieter since, as the gradual progression of a midfield technician has taken shape.

Patience is paying off now, though. After an underwhelming 18-month loan spell at Heerenveen, Odegaard had a standout season at Vitesse in 2018/19, creating more chances than any other player in the Netherlands’ top flight, and finishing third in the assists charts to Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech.

He backed it up with an impressive season at Real Sociedad last year, when he hit double figures for goal contributions, and was recalled to Real Madrid as a result.

While a way into Zinedine Zidane’s line-up has ultimately been hard to find, Premier League clubs are now pursuing a classy creator, a pass master, and an attacking midfielder with a fine touch and bright awareness of the game.

Odegaard – if he does come to England – will bring excitement on the pitch as well as off it.

Ozil close to finalising Fenerbahce move

Arsenal are set to lose Mesut Ozil, who they signed from Real in 2013, imminently, with the creative midfielder’s move to Fenerbahce set to be finalised on Friday once his period of quarantine is over following his arrival in Turkey.



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File photo dated 02-02-2020 of Arsenal's Mesut Ozil arrives for the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.




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The Good Morning Transfers team discuss Mesut Ozil’s imminent Arsenal exit and whether the club need to replace him this January.

Arsenal and Ozil are close to finalising the outstanding details of his contract termination ahead of joining Super Lig club Fenerbahce on a three-and-a-half-year deal as a free agent.

Ozil, whose contract at the Emirates was due to expire this summer, arrived in Istanbul on Sunday evening and is quarantining in Istanbul, in line with Turkey’s Covid-19 protocols.

On Sunday, the 2014 World Cup winner with Germany said goodbye to his Arsenal team-mates and staff at the club’s training ground.

“I am a Fenerbahce fan,” Ozil told NTV in Turkey earlier this week

“That is why I am very happy to be coming to Turkey with Fenerbahce. I’m very excited. God gave me the chance to wear this jersey as a Fenerbahce fan. God willing, I will carry it with honour and do everything I can for the team.”

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Real make Alaba offer

Real Madrid have offered David Alaba a lucrative contract to join the club – but the Bayern Munich defender is yet to make a decision on his future.

The Austria international is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of Germany.

Bayern have offered Alaba multiple contract extensions, including a £13m-a-year deal which the player rejected, but talks ceased in November.

Real could face competition to sign the 28-year-old, who can also operate in midfield, with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Manchester City reportedly interested.

Alaba is not expected to make a decision this month, with the final call on his future likely to come either in April or May.

His agent, Pini Zahavi, is close friends with Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta and may wait until after elections to discuss a possible move to the Nou Camp.

A move will end the Alaba’s 13-year stay at Bayern, where he has won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League crowns.

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