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Dani Ceballos tipped to make Arsenal exit if Martin Odegaard completes transfer

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has questioned whether the club will keep Dani Ceballos if they bring in Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard.

The Norwegian attacking midfielder looks to be on the verge of a loan move to the Gunners after struggling to break into the Madrid team so far this season.

Ceballos is himself on loan from Los Blancos, and has proved to be an important part of Mikel Arteta's side so far in the current campaign, making 16 appearances in the Premier League.

His game-time may be limited with the arrival of Odegaard, however, and speaking to talkSPORT Keown suggested his arrival could see Ceballos return to the Bernabeu.

Speaking about a possible deal for Odegaard, Keown said: "I’m assuming Arsenal are all over it. He [Odegaard] brings that quality into the midfield. It’s an area Arsenal need to strengthen.

"Does that mean [Dani] Ceballos will go? He’s on loan as well. Is he going to get football? Real Madrid may be concerned, he hasn’t played that much so far."

Ceballos himself recently sent a message to Odegaard urging him to seek a move in order to gain valuable first-team experience.

In an interview with Spanish outlet EFE, he 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.

"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 will be hoping they can complete a deal for Odegaard in the coming days, with the player said to have chosen a move to them over a return to Real Sociedad.

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