Arsenal fear Martin Odegaard being priced out of their reach if he ends the season in outstanding form, Football Insider has learned.
The Gunners are keen to explore a permanent move for the Real Madrid sensation, 22, when his loan spell comes to an end.
But the price tag could soar in the final weeks of the season and that could scupper cash-strapped Arsenal’s hopes of a deal.
It has been reported that Real are willing to sell Odegaard for £35million.
However, an Arsenal source has told Football Insider that his asking price could climb towards £50m if he shines in the coming weeks.
Real regard the London giants as an ideal shop window for the attacking midfielder ahead of the summer window.
Football Insider revealed on 27th March that Real manager Zinedine Zidane “doesn’t like or want” Odegaard and will happily sanction his departure.
It remains to be seen if the possible exit of Zidane at the end of the season would change the Spanish club’s stance.
But they will need to raise cash to recruit the A-list striker who is their main summer priority and Odegaard has been earmarked as a saleable asset.
He was described by Mikel Arteta as “incredible” as the Gunners came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against West Ham in their last match.
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 has two goals from his 12 appearances for the club.