Madrid-focused daily AS report this evening that Martin Odegaard’s transfer to Arsenal is imminent.

Real Madrid are close to reaching an agreement with the Gunners to sell the Norwegian captain, and the 22 year old trained alone today – apparently to ensure he didn’t pick up any kind of injury which might scupper the deal.

No fee has been mentioned as yet, but throughout the summer a price-tag of between €30 and €40m has been mooted by the Spanish press.

Arsenal are in need of strengthening the team for the new season, and having suffered an opening day defeat, reinforcements are required ahead of games against Chelsea and Man City.

Odegaard made 20 appearances last season, scoring twice and providing two assists – although he did play through an ankle injury sustained on international duty.

Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the attacking midfielder, and will be hoping this evening that there are no last minute hitches.

If things progress quickly enough, Odegaard could be in the squad for Sunday’s first home game of the season against Chelsea.

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