Arsenal could turn Martin Odegaard’s loan move into a permanent switch at the end of the season, it has been revealed. The 22-year-old is poised to join the Gunners on a temporary basis from Real Madrid after becoming frustrated with a lack of playing time under Zinedine Zidane.
Arsenal were said to have agreed financial terms with the Spanish giants last week, with the deal reportedly worth around £2.5million in total.
An option to buy is not believed to be part of the deal as Real are keen to keep hold of their man, who still has bags of potential despite failing to cement a place in the side this season.
However, the prospect of a permanent transfer could be revisited at the end of the campaign, according to well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.
It is claimed that Odegaard will undergo a medical in north London on Monday with the club set to announce his signing shortly afterwards.
The midfielder was offered the chance to join Dutch heavyweights Ajax, as well as a potential return to Real Sociedad, where he spent last season on loan, before he eventually decided on the Gunners.
The club’s transfer chief Edu previously announced his intention to sign a creative player at a fans’ forum in November, where he claimed Arteta’s side are in dire need of somebody to pull the strings in the final third.
Academy product Emile Smith Rowe has taken on a significant portion of the creative burden in recent weeks after breaking into the side in December.
He has impressed when called upon, claiming three assists in five Premier League appearances, but could be forced into settling for a spot on the bench upon Odegaard’s arrival.
However, this suggestion was firmly dismissed by Arteta after Arsenal’s FA Cup defeat at the hands of Southampton on Saturday.
“I cannot talk about any player who is not ours,” he told reporters when quizzed on the speculation surrounding Odegaard. “We have a very clear idea of how we want our players to develop and what they need to do that.
“All the decisions we make are just to reinforce their development and try to give them the best possible chance.”
Odegaard has played just 232 minutes in La Liga this season, with the majority of his opportunities coming in the form of substitute appearances.
He is a regular for Norway’s national side alongside the likes of Manchester United target Erling Haaland and Bournemouth forward Josh King, who has also been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks.