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Arsenal and Man City ‘eye £62m-rated Odegaard after sensational start at Sociedad’

Arsenal and Manchester City are interested in signing Martin Odegaard after making an impressive start to the season on-loan at Real Sociedad – but parent club Real Madrid are holding out for £62million.

The 20-year-old is beginning to show his early promise with a series of stunning displays for the La Liga side, scoring twice and laying on two assists as the Basque side have climbed to fourth in the table.

Odegaard signed for Madrid as a 16-year-old from Norwegian outfit Stromsgodset for a reported €3m (£2.6m) in 2015, with many touting him as a wonderkid.

Martin Odegaard has turned heads with his performances for La Liga side Real Sociedad

Martin Odegaard has turned heads with his performances for La Liga side Real Sociedad

The 20-year-old midfielder rides a challenge during his side's La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao

The 20-year-old midfielder rides a challenge during his side’s La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao

But the youngster has struggled to make an impact on the big stage – making just one start for the Spanish giants and subsequently loaned out to Dutch sides Heerenveen and Vitesse in recent seasons.

Now Gunners boss Unai Emery and City manager Pep Guardiola are keen to bring the Norwegian to the Premier League, according to Spanish outlet El Desmarque. 

Arsenal are assessing their midfield options, with the future of £350k-a-week Mesut Ozil hanging in the balance, while City are set to lose long-serving David Silva at the end of the season.

Unai Emery and Pep Guardiola are thought to be admirers of Norwegian star Odegaard

Unai Emery and Pep Guardiola are thought to be admirers of Norwegian star Odegaard

It is not known whether the youngster fits into the plans of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane

It is not known whether the youngster fits into the plans of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane

Odegaard arrived in Madrid with promise, but failed to make an early impact at the club

Odegaard arrived in Madrid with promise, but failed to make an early impact at the club

While Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane would have likely been delighted by Odegaard’s displays so far this season, the club may be persuaded into cashing in on their starlet – but are believed to be holding out for around £62m.

It had been reported that Madrid have the option of recalling the midfielder from his loan, with the club required to pay just €2million compensation to Sociedad. 

Other potential suitors for the Norwegian include Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan. 

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/la-liga/article-7529581/Arsenal-Man-City-eye-62m-rated-Odegaard-sensational-start-Sociedad.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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