Arsenal are on the cusp of landing Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis from Real Madrid, The Athletic reports.
The Norwegian spent the back end of last season on loan with the Gunners, bagging two goals and two assists.
He was not a regular on the scoresheet, but was the best chance creator in the squad.
Mikel Arteta had urged the hierarchy to prioritise a permanent deal for Odegaard.
The club are now on the verge of finalising his transfer from the 13-time European champions.
It was initially suggested that he could cost as much as €50m plus Madrid may want a buy-back clause.
However, the actual fee will be around €35m, and there are no additional clauses involved.
He is set to become the club’s fourth summer acquisition after Nuno Tavares, Albert Lokonga and Ben White.
Having been in a sports bubble, he won’t need to quarantine and could be registered in time to face Chelsea.
The Gunners started their season in a poor fashion with a 2-0 loss at Brentford.
They face back-to-back games against Chelsea and Manchester City before the international break.
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