Reports: Real Madrid in advanced talks to sell midfielder to Valencia
What’s the story?
Real Madrid are building a team for the future, but that does not mean they will keep all their young talents at the club. The Spanish and European champions are planning to keep only the best players at the club and are culling out the rest.
One big victim of this brutal culling is Martin Ødegaard. The Norwegian youngster is reportedly set for a move to Valencia as Los Blancos are in advanced talks to sell him.
The reports in Super Deporte, one of Valencia's most reliable sites, claims that the Yellow Brigade are close to completing the for the teenager. The midfielder will join reportedly join them on a 2-year deal with a buy-back clause for Los Blancos included in the contract.
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Ødegaard was signed by Real Madrid from Strømsgodset in the summer of 2015 after his impressive run with the first team. He was just 16-years-old that time but Los Blancos trusted his abilities and signed him up for €3 million.
They beat a host of European giants to the signature of the youngster who has failed to live up to the expectations. Bayern Munich and Barcelona were among the clubs that were keen on landing him.
The heart of the matter
Martin Ødegaard, who's currently on loan at Heerenveen will return to Bernabeu next summer only to be sold to Valencia. Los Murciélagos are reportedly close to sealing the deal for the midfielder who's just 18-years-old.
A fee has not been revealed but rumours suggest that it will be around the same price that Madrid signed him for. The move would see him signing a two-year deal at the Mestalla Stadium with a buy-back clause enabled for Real Madrid.
Ødegaard might have failed to live up to the expectations at Real Madrid but he has a lot of talent in him that needs to be given a boost. The move to Valencia will help him a lot as he will play top flight football regularly and that can get him to regain his lost confidence.
As for Madrid, this would be the best thing for them to do right now. If he does not get back to his form, they have recouped the money they spent on him. If he does become a better player, they can bring him back any time they want.