MAN CITY is reportedly showing interest move for highly-rated football star Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid. The 20-year-old has also attracted admiring glances from the likes of Arsenal and Man United with his performances while on loan at Real Sociedad this season. But according to El Desmarque, Pep Guardiola believes that the Norwegian could make a good replacement for David Silva, who will leave the Etihad at the end of the season.
Odegaard burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old in 2014 with Stromsgodset and was quickly courted by Europe’s elite. After 23 Tippeligaen appearances, he swapped Norway for the Bernabeu in January 2015.
First team matches were hard to come by, however, with Odegaard featuring just twice for the Spanish giants in four-and-a-half years.
Despite this, Real Madrid supremo Florentino Perez is thought to be reluctant to completely give up on Odegaard just yet and will demand at least £71million to sell the coveted youngster. He impressed over two years on loan in Holland with Heerenveen and Vitesse – before finally getting an opportunity in La Liga this season with Real Sociedad.
And early performances have been good enough to put him back on the radar of the continent’s elite clubs, having scored in wins over RCD Mallorca and Atletico Madrid. He has also assisted in matches against Alaves and Sevilla – helping Sociedad to fifth in the early La Liga table.
Should City land Odegaard when Silva departs, he could still be competing with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan for a place in the starting XI.
It is unclear where this would leave the future of Phil Foden.
The 19-year-old scored as a 91st-minute sub in the 2-0 midweek win over Dinamo Zagreb but has played just ten minutes of league football this season.