Premier League club Arsenal have signed Norway’s midfielder Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent transfer, the club announced on Friday.
Odegaard, 22, joins Arsenal after spending the second half of last season on loan with them.
During that period, Odegaard made 20 appearances for the club and had scored twice in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium in March.
“Odegaard will wear the No. 8 shirt in Arsenal. He will be unavailable for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with London rivals Chelsea on Sunday, awaiting visa clearance,” said the club in a statement.
Odegaard had started his career in Norway with Stromsgodset.
He had made his debut as a 15-year-old in April 2014, becoming the youngest-ever player to feature in Norway’s top division and was later signed by Real Madrid in January 2015.
As a result, he became their youngest player in May 2015.