According to The Mirror, Aston Villa have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard on loan for the 2018-19 campaign.
Odegaard hit the headlines when he trained with Stromsgodset’s first team in 2012 at the age of 13, and he made his first-team debut for the Norwegian club at the age of 15.
The biggest clubs in European football were battling to sign the teenager in the early stages of 2015, but it was Real Madrid that won the race.
Odegaard linked up with Real Madrid Castilla for the second half of the 2014-15 season, and he went on to feature regularly for the second team during the 2015-16 campaign.
Despite his high profile, the attacker has actually only made two first-team appearances for Real Madrid – one of which came during the 2014-15 season, and the other in November 2016.
The 12-time Norway international has just returned to the Bernabeu following 18 months on loan at Dutch side Heerenveen, and according to The Mirror, Villa could bring the teenager to the Championship for the 2018-19 campaign.
The fact that Odegaard has been around for so long means that it is easy to forget that the Norwegian is still just 19 years of age.
It was never going to be easy when he was thrust into the spotlight at Real Madrid on a huge salary, but the midfielder managed 43 appearances during his time at Heerenveen.
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One thing is for sure, Odegaard has an incredible amount of ability, and the sight of him alongside Jack Grealish would surely excite the Villa supporters.
It was a difficult summer for Villa, but the club were able to keep a number of their star players, and can certainly challenge for promotion to the Premier League this term.
Managing to secure the signature of Odegaard would be a stroke of genius by head coach Steve Bruce, there is no question about that.
A number of other clubs are also said to be in the running for the teenager, but Villa should fight hard to secure the playmaker’s services.