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Arsenal to ‘explore the option’ of keeping Odegaard at Emirates follow recent impressive displays

Arsenal are reportedly keen to ‘explore the option’ of keeping Martin Odegaard at the club beyond the season following the midfielder’s impressive performances since his winter window arrival.

Odegaard signed for the north London side on loan during the January transfer window after finding opportunities limited at Real Madrid, with the Norway international starting just three league fixtures for the Spanish champions this season before moving to the Emirates.

The 22-year-old has quickly settled into his new surroundings and followed a first Arsenal goal in the Europa League last week with an equaliser in Sunday’s north London derby win over Tottenham, Odegaard amongst the Gunners’ most impressive performers as they secured a comeback win.

According to the Mail, the club are now keen to extend Odegaard’s stay beyond the end of the current campaign and will make an approach to Real Madrid over the prospect of a permanent deal – or an extension to his loan agreement.

Odegaard was touted as one of world football’s most exciting talents when moving to the Spanish capital as a teenager, but he has failed to win favour at the Bernabeu despite impressive loan spells at the likes of Vitesse Arnhem and Real Sociedad in recent campaigns.

Real are understood to be open to his potential sale this summer as the club look to raise funds in their pursuit of either Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland.

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