Pep Guardiola has asked Man City to sign young Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, according to reports. Odegaard first burst onto the scene nearly five years ago when Madrid won a transfer race against many top European clubs to sign him at just 16-years of age from Stromsgodset. The Norwegian was touted as one of the most highly rated prospects in world football but understandably struggled under the spotlight when first arriving in Spain. Now, however, after spending two years on loan in the Netherlands with Heerenveen and Vitesse where he was able to develop away from the pressure, Odegaard is shinning on a two-year loan spell at Real Sociedad. He has scored and assisted twice in seven games and put in some sparkling displays to help the Basque side climb to 5th in the table, which has reportedly attracted Guardiola and City’s interest. Read More
According to El Desmarque, cited by SportWitness, Guardiola ‘has his eye on Odegaard, as he searches for a replacement for David Silva.’ Silva will bring his glittering City career to an end this summer and will depart once his contract expires but despite being 33 he remains a key component to Guardiola’s side and his departure will be a blow. Read More
It’s reported that Los Blancos president Florentino Perez has ‘no intention of negotiating a departure’ for the youngster since the now-20-year-old has started to deliver on his potential and it’s stated he would ‘not sell below €80m were he to agree to a sale in the first place.’ Meanwhile, German publication Sport Bild, via SportWitness, claim that Bayern Munich will ‘resume talks with Leroy Sane’s management in the coming weeks.’ Bayern targeted Sane all summer as they looked to replace departed legends Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben and led a public chase for the winger by having several star players and key members of staff discuss the potential transfer in the media. Read More
They then soon gave up their pursuit once Sane suffered ligament damage in the Community Shield and instead brought in Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho. However, it’s reported that Sane ‘remains a key target’ for the German champions though they ‘will not negotiate directly with the player without City’s permission as they did in the summer but instead use the help of an intermediary.’ The report also states that Guardiola ‘could sanction the sale next summer’ if Sane doesn’t extend his contract.