Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos plays key role in convincing Martin Odegaard to join on loan

Martin Odegaard Real Sociedad v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander
The Norwegian playmaker is closing in on a switch to north London (Picture: Getty Images)

If Arsenal manage to pull off the loan signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid they will have Dani Ceballos to thank after the midfielder reached out to his old teammate, according to reports.

The Gunners have been on the hunt for a new, creative number 10 to replace Mesut Ozil, who is joining Fenerbahce, and were alerted to the availability of Odegaard after the Norwegian was marginalised by Zinedine Zidane.

But the 22-year-old had plenty of offers on the table, not least from Real Sociedad – where he enjoyed an excellent season on loan last year.

Martin Odegaard Levante UD v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander
Odegaard has found game time hard to come by after returning to Real (Picture: Getty)

But Arsenal appear to have won the race for Odegaard’s signature after launching a charm offensive that, according to Football.London, included Ceballos speaking to his fellow Real midfielder.

The two players have known each other since the Spaniard moved to the Bernabeu in 2017 and both have experience of being frozen out by Zidane, with Ceballos spending this season and last on loan at the Emirates.

Odegaard was initially believed to favour a move back to Sociedad but Ceballos reached out to the Norwegian and helped convince him that Arsenal was the best place for him.

In addition to Ceballos’ intervention, Arsenal technical director Edu has spoken with both Odegaard’s father Hans and his agent, Bjorn Tore Kvarme.

Ceballos was asked about Odegaard in an interview with EFE recently and said: ‘I can tell you about what happened to me at Madrid.

‘I don’t know exactly what happens about Martin, but it is obvious that any player who wants to succeed at Madrid is going to grab the opportunity he has.

Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos plays key role in convincing Martin Odegaard to join on loan
Odegaard and Ceballos both struggled to impress Zidane at Real (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t know what Martin’s thoughts are but I know mine and I think that when you are young and you have goals and objectives.

‘What you need is to play regularly and if you don’t, it’s like something is missing. I imagine that is what is happening to Martin.’

Arsenal’s deal for Odegaard is not expected to include a buy option, with both the Norwegian and Ceballos set to head back to Real at the end of the season.

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