Considering the departure of Frenkie de Jong and the increasingly-likely exit of starlet Donny van de Beek, there’s no question Ajax will need to bolster their midfield ahead of the 2019-20 season. And they have already set their sights on a potential transfer target ahead of the upcoming campaign.
According to a report from Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, the Eredivisie giants are keen to make a move to sign Norway international Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis. The talented playmaker currently plays for Vitesse in the Netherlands’ top-flight, but he’s owned by Real Madrid so the Liga giants will have to be the ones who negotiate with Ajax.
Odegaard joined Real Madrid Castilla from Stromsgodset as a 16-year-old back in 2015, but he has made just two first-team appearances since then. He has spent most of his career on loan and has already played for SC Heerenven and Vitesse. He certainly knows the Eredivisie quite well, and would undoubtedly fit well at Ajax.
It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid decide to make business with Ajax, though, as the Dutch side eliminated Los Blancos in the UEFA Champions League this season. But there’s a big chance they would allow Odegaard to leave, considering he’s not likely to have a first-team spot in Zinedine Zidane’s squad for the 2019-20 campaign.
Odegaard, 20, has accounted for six goals and nine assists in 29 appearances for Vitesse during the current term.