Arsenal on-loan playmaker Martin Odegaard has made a huge impact in his short time at the Emirates thus far.
In the January transfer window, the Gunners signed the 22-year-old on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season.
Arteta was eager to bring in a creative midfielder to provide competition for Emile Smith Rowe, and Odegaard has done incredibly well so far.
The Norwegian played a big part in Arsenal coming from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at West Ham on Sunday.
Excelling in the No.10 role, Odegaard had a 93 percent pass complestion rate and created four chances, with his impressive vision key to unlocking Calum Chambers on the right
Given how well he’s done, Arsenal fans want to sign him on a permanent deal, and there’s certainly a lot of speculation suggesting the club wants him as well.
According to Eurosport, Arsenal are planning to negotiate with Real at the end of the season and hope Martin Odegaard can be persuaded to stay, with another loan option on the table if a permanent move can’t be agreed.
The Gunners are apparently aware it might take some good negotiating to secure a permanent deal as Odegaard is said to have a release clause of €350million (around £301.5million).
“Third-party sources” are reportedly indicating that his genuine worth in this market is probably around £40million, plus add-ons, though the clause could still make negotiations complicated.
The alternate – and possibly more realistic option – would be another loan spell, and Eurosport claims it is an avenue that Arsenal intend to explore.