Arsenal will pay Real Madrid a fee in the region of £2 million to take Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard on loan from the Spanish giants.
That is according to a report from The Sun, who suggest the Gunners will also have no option to sign the player permanently at the end of his spell at The Emirates.
The Gunners have been looking for some more creative spark in midfield, despite the impact of Emile Smith-Rowe since coming into the starting XI.
Arsenal have freed up some room in the wage department since finalising Mesut Ozil’s departure to Fenerbahce and the Norwegian has struggled for playing time under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu this season.
However, Real are not willing to discuss a potential permanent move just yet, fearful that Odegaard might prove his worth at The Emirates and Arsenal end up getting him on the cheap.
Arsenal’s spend of £2 million on a player for what might be just half a season might be frowned upon by some fans, especially given the club’s reportedly stretched finances.
However, Odegaard could provide a missing spark that can help Mikel Arteta turn this recent recovery into a full-blown assault on the European places in the Premier League.