A Ronny Deila favourite is allegedly set for a temporary move next season.
According to a report from Spanish newspaper AS, Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard is refusing to play with the club’s B side again next season, with a loan move now seeming the most likely option.
The Norwegian teenager is one of the hottest prospects in European football but he spent his first few months in Spain playing for Real Madrid Castilla, for whom he turned out 11 times, scoring once in the process.
That was always likely to be the case given that Odegaard is only 16, but it seems he could be playing elsewhere for at least one season, and that could be of interest to Celtic manager Ronny Deila.
The Bhoys boss knows Odegaard well from their time together at Stromsgodset, and back in January Deila told the Daily Record that he had been hoping to bring the player to Scotland before his move to the Spanish capital.
A loan move has since been mooted in the press, with the Scotsman suggesting as much in March, and with the news that Odegaard does not fancy another season in the reserves Celtic may feel the time is right to make their move.
The problem could come with the suggestion, from AS, that a loan spell in Spain is most likely, with Real Betis, Villarreal and Malaga all linked. But if Celtic reach the Champions League group stage, it may be wise to see if Odegaard remains on the loan market…just in case.