GOOD MORNING GOONERS
One in, one out at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £1.8million loan move for Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.
The Gunners will fork out for the Norwegian’s entire £38,000-a-week wages, meaning his move until the end of the season will cost around £2.5m, according to The Times.
Mikel Arteta is believed to have personally called the 22-year-old to persuade him to move to the Emirates rather than stay in Spain with Real Sociedad, where he played last season.
The Athletic reports Odegaard is due to fly into London on Sunday with a move expected to be concluded after a medical on Monday.
Due to the elite sportsperson exemption from self-isolation measures, if Odegaard returns a negative Covid-19 test, he will be free to immediately join up with Arteta’s squad.
As one heads in, another goes with Mesut Ozil’s exit to Fenerbahce confirmed.
The German said: “Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart.”
Arteta added: “Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed. It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him.”
Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has urged fans to help pay for Ozil’s wages by donating money to the club.
The 53-year-old stated: “We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support.
“On the day of the signature, I will ask you to break a record. With an SMS campaign. Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good.”
In other outgoing news, Reiss Nelson could reportedly leave on loan this month with the club keen for him to get regular game time.
The 21-year-old has fell down the pecking order at the Emirates this season, featuring in just nine games in all competitions.
According to PA journalist Mark Mann-Bryans, Nelson could soon link up with a Championship club.