Arsenal have been given a huge boost in their bid to sign Martin Odegaard permanently by Zinedine Zidane, Football Insider has learned.
The Londoners are keen to explore a full-time deal for the Real Madrid sensation, 22, when his loan spell comes to an end.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider there is encouragement for Arsenal behind the scenes as Odegaard will be sold or loaned out by Real in the summer window if Zidane remains the manager.
It is said that the manager “doesn’t like or want” Odegaard and will happily sanction his departure.
However, the Norway international may stay at Real in the summer if Zidane loses his job.
That is certainly a possibility as the Spanish giants are third in La Liga, six points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid, and their season could hinge on the outcome of a mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.
Odegaard has made an increasingly big impact at Arsenal since joining on loan in the January window.
He was described by Mikel Arteta as “incredible” as the Gunners came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against West Ham last weekend.
The loanee pulled the strings in a masterful display as he followed up his goalscoring performance in the win over Tottenham the previous weekend.
Odegaard had been a bit-part player at Real in the first half of the campaign and made just three league starts.
At Arsenal, he has started five of the last six league matches and now has two goals from his 12 appearances for the club.