Ajax Preparing To Make A Move For Real Madrid’s Martin Ødegaard
Following on from the 4-1 victory against Real Madrid in their second-leg Champions League clash, Ajax are looking to kick Los Blancos down even further by trying to sign Martin Ødegaard.
According to Radio Marca (via Football Espana), the Eredivisie side are reportedly ready to lodge a €20m bid in the summer for the 20-year-old attacking midfielder.
While Ødegaard has a contract that keeps him at the Santiago Bernabéu until 2021, Radio Marca reports that he would be keen to make the switch to the Netherlands.
The reigning Champions League holders signed the Norway international from Strømsgodset for a reported fee of around €3m in 2015.
Ødegaard spent two years playing for Real Madrid Castilla, in which he made 62 appearances for his side.
However, the former Strømsgodset player has failed to become a regular in the Spanish club’s senior team, having been restricted to one appearance so far.
Madrid sent Ødegaard out on loan in the 2017-18 season to Heerenveen, in which he made 38 appearances and scored three times.
He is currently out on loan at Vitesse and enjoying a successful stint in the Eredivisie, considering that he has made 20 appearances and scored five times so far this season.
Ødegaard, who put on an impressive performance for Vitesse in January, admitted last month that former Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane had an impact on his self-confidence.
“Having Zidane as my coach was beautiful, but it was not good for my self-confidence,” he told AD.
“I had the opportunity to join many sides earlier in my career, but Real Madrid was always my dream, they are the biggest club in the world and it was my best option.
“I trained with the first-team players from early on and I played under Zinedine Zidane for the Castilla side.
“It was important from me to play with the stars such as Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, it was a big move up from Strømsgodset.”
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