Manchester United ‘sent their chief scout to watch Martin Odegaard’ with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considering summer move for Real Madrid starlet
Manchester United sent their chief scout to watch Martin Odegaard in action last weekend ahead of a potential summer move, according to a new report in Spain.
The 21-year-old has been earning rave reviews at Real Sociedad this season after leaving Real Madrid on loan in search of first-team football.
Los Blancos have the option to extend Odegaard’s time at Sociedad for another year or bring him back this summer, although a switch to Old Trafford could now be on the cards.
Manchester United reportedly sent their chief scout to watch Martin Odegaard (left) in action
Odegaard played the full 90 minutes as Real Sociedad defeated Valencia 3-0 on Saturday
Spanish newspaper El Diario Vasco claim that United’s head of global scouting, Marcel Bout, was in attendance to see the Norwegian play the entirety of his side’s 3-0 victory over Valencia last Saturday.
Odegaard has impressed this term, making 25 appearances and scoring seven goals in all competitions for Sociedad, who sit sixth in LaLiga.
He was widely regarded as the hottest young prospect in European football when he joined Real Madrid back in 2015, but he has only made one top-flight appearance for the club having spent three seasons on loan in Holland.
United are on the lookout for an attack-minded midfielder this summer, with Jack Grealish believed to be manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred target.
United’s head of global scouting, Marcel Bout (left), is said to have watched Odegaard
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish (left) this summer
The Manchester Evening News claimed on Tuesday that United are ‘keen on agreeing terms’ with Aston Villa this month in order to stop his fee rising after Euro 2020.
They will need to trigger Grealish’s reported £45million release clause in order to push through a deal for the talented playmaker.
Odegaard, meanwhile, is said to have a whopping release clause of more than £300m in his contract with Real, although the Spanish giants would likely accept a much lower fee.