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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Arsenal sign Brighton’s Ryan on loan

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has joined Arsenal on loan until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old Australian international had fallen out of favour at Brighton, losing his spot to Robert Sanchez after a 3-0 loss to Leicester in December.

Last month, Brighton boss Graham Potter dismissed suggestions Ryan had played his final game for the Seagulls but said he was willing to allow him to leave in search of regular first-team football.

“Signing for the club you grew up supporting as a kid,” wrote Ryan on Twitter. “Buzzing to be beginning this new chapter and will give everything I’ve got to contribute to the first club I ever loved.”

“We know Mat very well through his performances with Brighton in recent seasons and he brings additional quality to our squad,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told the club’s website.

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Mat Ryan will provide competition to Bernd Leno

“Mat has very good Premier League experience and has played over 100 times in the league, which is something that will benefit us greatly on and off the pitch.”

Despite starting 11 of Brighton’s first 12 matches in the Premier League this season, Ryan has not been called up to Brighton’s matchday squad for the past seven league games.

The Australian will wear the number 33 at Arsenal and will compete with Bernd Leno and Alex Runarsson for the starting spot, after Matt Macey moved to Hibernian on a loan deal earlier this month.

“Mat will provide very good competition and positive support to all our goalkeepers and we are looking forward to him integrating quickly into the set-up here at Arsenal,” said Arsenal sporting director Edu.

Ryan originally joined Brighton in a then-club-record £5.4m deal from Valencia in 2017, and has gone on to make 121 Premier League appearances for the club, keeping 28 clean sheets.

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Mat Ryan had fallen out of favour at Brighton in recent weeks

He broke through the youth ranks at Australian club Central Coast Mariners before impressing for Belgian side Club Brugge, and earning a move to Spain in 2015.

“Mat has been a great servant to the club in the Premier League, and he has played no small part for the club at this level,” said Brighton boss Graham Potter.

“We have incredible talent and competition at this club for just one position, and understandably, as Australia’s number one, Mat wants the chance of more regular opportunities.”

Ryan offers experience and passing ability

Analysis by Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:

Any Arsenal fans who have watched Runar Alex Runarsson’s unconvincing performances in goal this season will be relieved by the arrival of some additional back-up for first-choice ‘keeper Bernd Leno.

Unlike Runarsson, Ryan brings a wealth of experience. The 28-year-old amassed 121 Premier League appearances in his three-and-a-half seasons with Brighton and also has 59 caps for Australia.

He fell out of favour under Graham Potter after conceding 19 goals in 11 games in the early months of the season – six more than the expected goals data suggests he should have. But he was generally a dependable pair of hands before that.

Ryan will hope to rediscover his best form at Arsenal, where he will be expected to start in the cup competitions, while Mikel Arteta will hope to harness his ability as a distributor.

Among Premier League goalkeepers last season, only Kepa Arrizabalaga, Alisson and Ederson registered a higher passing accuracy rate than Ryan. The Australian is adept at playing out from the back, making him a good fit for Arsenal’s style, and his long-range kicking ability is another weapon when it comes to building attacks.



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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Arteta focusing on recruits after trimming ‘unmanageable’ squad

Mikel Arteta says he is now focusing on bringing players in during the transfer window after successfully trimming his “unmanageable squad”.

The Arsenal boss was keen to offload players this month after being forced to leave the likes of Mesut Ozil and Sokratis out of his Premier League and Europa League squads due to registration restrictions.

He got his wish after Sokratis agreed to end his contract early on Wednesday, while Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba have also left the club on loan and Ozil is set to join Fenerbahce.

Arteta says the second half of the window will now be about strengthening his squad, saying: “We are in that process right now. We’ve done the first part more or less and we are focusing now on the second phase.

“Obviously this market and the context makes it really difficult but we are looking at options and we will see what we can do.”

Arteta says he is keen to bolster his options in various positions – particularly left-back – although he refused to comment on Arsenal’s approach for Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.



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Arteta says he is letting Mesut Ozil leave the club because he wants to ‘take the team in a different direction’

“We are a little bit short with left-footed full-backs,” he said. “We know we can use Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] there, we can use Bukayo [Saka] there, we can use Cedric, who has played in that position. We have some options.

“The natural option is Kieran [Tierney] but we can adapt. That option is open are we are looking to see what is available.

“We are looking at various positions because the movements we have made in this transfer window, with some players leaving the club, leaves us a little bit short in certain areas.

“So if we can, we will do it, and if we can’t, we’ll just keep going with what we have.”

The departure of four players who were not part of his plans will come as a relief to Arteta, who believes a smaller squad is more conducive to maintaining players’ motivation.



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He said: “We could not carry on with 31 players in the squad – it is unmanageable. As well when you have to leave some of the foreign players out, it makes it more difficult.

“For a few weeks, it’s OK, but to do it for months and maintain the health, ambition and chemistry around the place is really complicated.

“So one of the main objectives was to make some decisions on how we’re going to offset that and we’ve done it.

“Just for me, the important thing is that everybody feels involved and that they have a chance. They’re all fighting for a place but at the end, they need to feel they have the opportunity to play.

“When you are completely out, that is out of the equation, and that makes it really difficult to find motivation.”

Arsenal make approach for Real Madrid’s Odegaard

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



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Paul Gilmour has the latest as Arsenal make an approach for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard

The Norway international is expecting to be granted his wish to leave on loan this month for regular first-team football, and the Real Madrid board are currently considering the latest proposal from the London club.

Arsenal, who have already failed with a previous approach for the midfielder, face strong competition for Odegaard, including from at least one other Premier League club, as well as Real Sociedad.

The 22-year-old impressed while on loan at Sociedad last season, registering seven goals and nine assists across 36 appearances, and it was thought there was an option for a further season-long loan, but Real decided to call him back and be part of the first-team squad.

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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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Live PL on Sky: Liverpool vs Man City, Merseyside derby

Liverpool and Manchester City will go head to head in front of the Sky Sports cameras in February as a thrilling Premier League title race gathers pace.

Sky Sports has announced its latest televised fixtures, with the Anfield clash between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola’s title rivals on Sunday February 7 (kick-off 4.30pm) one of 15 top-flight games added to the schedule for February.

The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton on Saturday February 20 (kick-off 5.30pm) and Manchester United’s trip to Chelsea on Sunday February 28 (kick-off 4.30pm) are also among Sky Sports’ picks for the forthcoming weeks.

Sky Sports can also confirm three extra games will be shown on the final weekend of January as Manchester City host Sheffield United, Wolves travel to Crystal Palace and Brighton face Tottenham.

The Premier League has announced that all games from January 30 to the last weekend of February will be made available to fans to watch live in the United Kingdom via existing broadcast partners as part of an “accessible solution for fans” while they remain absent from stadia.

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Sat Jan 30: Man City vs Sheff Utd – Kick-Off 3pm

Sat Jan 30: Crystal Palace vs Wolves – Kick-Off 3pm

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Sat Feb 27: Leeds Utd vs Aston Villa – Kick-Off 5.30pm

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Mon Mar 1: Everton vs Southampton – Kick-Off 8pm

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