REAL MADRID | ØDEGAARD
Real Madrid to meet 4M asking price for Ødegaard
The teenage striker, who trained with the reserves this morning, is out of contract in June which has brought forward negotiations.
Real Madrid will pay Strømsgodset a fee of around four million euros for highly-rated striker Martin Ødegaard, widely-considered the pearl of Norwegian football. The 16-year-old had arrived in the Spnaish capital on Tuesday night to definitively conclude his move to Madrid. This morning, he trained with the reserves in Valdebebas and got to meet several first team players; he is expected to attend tomorrow’s training session with Castilla.
The asking price for Ødegaard has not risen to an excessive level because he would be able to move on from Strømsgodset on a free transfer at the end of his contract in June. The modest Norwegian outfit decided it would be better for all parties if they cashed in now.
Ødegaard arrived in Madrid together with his father Hans Erik Ødegaard and his agent, Tore Pedersen. Real Madrid have organized accommodation so that both father and son are comfortable during this third visit to Spain. The player visited the training complex in Valdebebas back in November and July. The Norwegian press claim that Ødegaard will be listed with the first team and given the Number 16 shirt. Several Norwegian camera crews and journalists have already flown to Madrid to cover the news for those back home.
Once the transfer has been finalized, Ødegaard will become Madrid’s second Scandinavian signing of the season following Finnish forward Eero Markkanen who joined in the summer for 1.6 million euros. Markkanen has scored two goals to date with Zidane’s Castilla side.