European champion Real Madrid is still trying to shake up its lineup ahead of the 2016/17 La Liga season. Negotiations to bring David Alaba in from Bayern Munich are still well underway. Meanwhile, young star Martin Odegaard is likely to be sent away on loan.
According to a report by Football Espana, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have gone back and forth with offers for the Austrian player. However, the latest bid from the Spanish giants has been rejected.
Real Madrid is only prepared to shell out up to 65 million euros for Alaba. The Germans reportedly value him at 80 million euros. Despite the price discrepancy, Bayern Munich has opened up the table to a player plus cash deal. They expressed interest in either Pepe or Rafael Varane, but Real Madrid refused to let go of any of their players.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s teenage star Martin Odegaard is also awaiting his fate. With the first team currently full of superstars, the Daily Mail reports that Zidane thinks Odegaard is still lacking key points of his development. A loan spell elsewhere could be what the teenager needs to gain first team status in the future.
It appears likely that a move to the Bundesliga is in the works. Both Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg have reportedly shown interest, but no deal has been made. In the past, Real Madrid has loaned out players to other leagues before bringing them back to enjoy first team status after successful stints abroad.
Aside from a possible Bundesliga deal, Odegaard is also reportedly waiting for an offer from English side Liverpool.Before making the decision to join Real Madrid, Odegaard spent some time in Anfield to consider a move there. He now has the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds if a loan agreement could be reached.