ARSENAL are looking to sign playmaker Martin Odegaard on a permeant basis.
And bookmakers Betfair are offering odds of 4/1 that they're successful in completing a deal with Real Madrid for his signature.
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Odegaard swapped the Bernabeu for the Emirates Stadium in January but it didn't take him long to adapt to Premier League life.
The 22-year-old has pulled the strings in midfield and contributed with two goals in 12 matches in all competitions.
Manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly eager to secure the Norwegian's services on a long-term deal and supporters are equally enthusiastic.
But there are a few obstacles standing in the way.
The first is that Odegaard is contracted with Real Madrid until June 2023.
He's also reported to have a £300million buyout clause, meaning Arsenal will be unable to bypass negotiations with Zinedine Zidane's side.
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With that in mind, it's believed Arsenal are considering Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho as a backup option.
The Catalan giants are seeking a buyer for the Brazilian to avoid paying Liverpool an extra £17m when he reaches 100 appearances for the club.
In any case, Odegaard remains the No.1 target but he's keeping his cards close to his chest when asked if his future could be in north London.
Odegaard told VGTV: "I haven’t thought about what’ll happen in summer.
"The deal with Arsenal is until the end of season. We’ll see what happens this summer. I’ve said things before that I still stand for: stability and development are key words."
Asked about his relationship with Arteta, Odegaard added: "Very good. He is incredible. I have a lot to learn from him. I just need to 'sharpen my ears' and pay attention. He is fantastic."
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