Arsenal are expected to announce the loan signing of Real Madrid attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard in the next few days.
The 22-year-old Norwegian international has made just seven La Liga appearances so far this season and will join the Gunners until the end of the season in search of valuable regular first-team minutes.
The deal could prove something of a coup for Arsenal given the fact that Odegaard was at one stage considered one of the most highly sought-after young prospects in Europe.
And according to Spanish outlet El Confidencialthey have not exactly had to splash the cash in order to land the player either.
They claim that Arsenal’s technical director Edu Gaspar has played a key role in making the transfer possible.
The Gunners will pay the full amount of Odegaard’s Madrid wages during his time in North London, but the player earns a relatively modest £38,000-per-week – a salary Arsenal will have no problem in being able to afford.
And they will pay a loan fee of just £2m to the La Liga giants, meaning they have very little to lose even if Odegaard does not live up to expectations.
It is not believed that there is any clause which would allow Arsenal to sign Odegaard permanently in the summer.
But considering how he has fallen out of favour at Madrid, it is highly likely they would be open to selling him if, indeed, Mikel Arteta is keen on bringing him in beyond this season.
It initially looked as though Odegaard would favour a return to Real Sociedad rather than going to Arsenal after he spent the entirety of last season in San Sebastian.
But Edu and co appear to have done enough to twist his arm, and it will be intriguing to see how Odegaard takes to life in the Premier League.