Martin Odegaard wants to complete his return to Arsenal this week, according to reports.
The 22-year-old thrived during his loan spell with the Gunners in the second half of last season and Mikel Arteta made it clear that he wanted to keep the midfielder for another campaign.
Madrid, however, wanted to take a closer look at Odegaard during their pre-season campaign and have been reluctant to allow the Norway international to leave this summer.
However, Odegaard was left out of Madrid’s matchday squad for their 4-1 victory over Alaves on Saturday and it now appears that the Norway international is closing in on a return to the Premier League.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Odegaard’s agent has travelled to London on Sunday in order to finalise an agreement with Arsenal.
The report claims that Odegaard wants his future finalised by Friday, and Arsenal are now at the front of the queue to re-sign the midfielder on loan.
Madrid will also allow Arsenal to have first refusal to sign Odegaard on a permanent deal for £30 million next summer.
Odegaard’s future was thrown into doubt earlier this week when it emerged that he has still not been officially registered by Madrid and has not been assigned a shirt number.
Speaking at the end of last season, Arteta indicated that he wanted Odegaard to remain at Arsenal for another campaign.
‘We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do,’ said Arteta.
‘We’ve tried to make everything that we could to get Martin performing for the team, which I think he’s done.
‘He has adapted really well to our way of playing and to our football. Hopefully we have given him the hope and the feeling this could be a good place for him.’
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