Report: Real Madrid sensation Odegaard set for loan, player anxious for Liverpool to make move
By Dominic Toner
Martin Odegaard is set to leave Real Madrid on loan this summer and is keen to join Liverpool, according to a report.
Football website Tribal Football claimed earlier this summer that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was keeping tabs on the 17-year-old Norwegian prodigy, who already has nine caps for his country, and has asked to be kept informed of his situation.
The Mail now report that Odegaard is likely to go on loan this season despite impressing in pre-season, with the Bundesliga the most likely destination and Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg monitoring him.
However, it is said that the teenager and his father Hans-Erik are anxious to see if Klopp makes a move this summer for the young international who went to Melwood to look at the facilities when he was deciding which top European club to join.
The Spanish giants are said to have been led to believe the Liverpool are still interested in Odegaard.
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The attacking midfielder put pen to paper at the Bernabeu last year after signing from two-time Norwegian Premier League winners Stromsgodset for a fee of around £2.4million.
Any possibility of a permanent deal for Odegaard looks unlikely, as he still has five years remaining on his current contract and Real went to huge effort to secure his signature ahead of Europe’s other biggest clubs.
Odegaard, who wears the number seven shirt for Real Madrid’s B side, scored only one goal in 35 appearances for Castilla, but did conjure up seven assists.
At just 15, Odegaard described Liverpool as his dream club when being courted by Europe’s heavyweights, before signing for Real Madrid.
In other Liverpool transfer news, their target was set for a reported medical but has now joined a Serie A club.