Martin Odegaard’s move to Arsenal from Real Madrid in a permanent deal is all but done with only official announcement remaining from both clubs.
It was reported last week that the two clubs were back in negotiation over the transfer of the Norwegian captain, and now sources close to the club have confirmed that the negotiation has yielded a positive agreement and he looks set to be heading back to the Premier League where Odegaard spent the second half of last season on loan and impressed hugely.
The 23-year-old will arrive in a deal worth €40m – just shy of £35m – making Odegaard the most expensive Norwegian of all time and it is believed that personal terms are all but agreed on a 5-year-deal.
Arsenal are confident that the deal will be announced in time for their huge weekend clash with Chelsea and they have to do that before lunch time on Friday.
The capture of Odegaard will take Arsenal’s summer spending past the £100m barrier, having already landed Ben White, Nuno Taveres and Sambi Lokonga, but they still hope to add more before the end of the month with a goalkeeper still on their radar following Aaron Ramsdale transfer breakdown.