Category: La Liga

'Would take the Championship by storm' – These Aston Villa fans urge club to pull off shock deal

According to The Mirror, Aston Villa have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard on loan for the 2018-19 campaign.

Odegaard joined Real Madrid back in 2015, with the Spanish giants beating off competition from a number of clubs to sign the midfielder from Stromsgodset.

It has not quite happened for the 19-year-old at the Bernabeu, however, and to date he has only made two competitive appearances for Real Madrid’s first team.

The 12-time Norway international has just returned to Los Blancos following 18 months on loan at Heerenveen, and has been involved in their preparations for the new season.

It is understood that Odegaard will leave on loan once again before the new Spanish season starts, however, and Villa have been linked with a move.

There is absolutely no question that Odegaard has ability, and he could well take the Championship by storm if he makes the move to Villa Park.

A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Villa fans can be seen below:

Opinion: Pellegrini made first transfer mistake signing Carlos Sanchez over 6ft 1in La Liga ace

According to Marca, Celta Vigo midfielder Nemanja Radoja was desperate to join West Ham United this summer, but the Hammers ultimately decided against the deal.

What’s the story?

Carlos Sanchez completed West Ham’s summer transfer business, with the former Aston Villa ace arriving to provide midfield competition.

Declan Rice and Mark Noble started as the two holding midfielders against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, but the former was hooked at the interval.

The lack of midfield protection meant that it was difficult for Jack Wilshere to press forward, and Pedro Obiang was left on the bench despite the qualities he can provide.

According to Marca, West Ham actually had the perfect opportunity to sign Radoja from Celta before the transfer window closed last week, but the Hammers decided against a deal for the talented 25-year-old.

It remains to be seen whether Sanchez impresses this season, but Pellegrini should have passed up a move for the Colombian to bring Radoja to the London Stadium.

Why would Radoja have been a good signing?

The holding midfielder has become a key part of the Celta team since joining the Spanish outfit from Serbian club FK Vojvodina in 2014.

Radoja has made almost 150 appearances during his time in Spanish football, and is also a two-time Serbia international.

Last term, he made 26 La Liga appearances for Celta – once again demonstrating his impressive skills on the European stage.

The fact that Radoja’s contract will expire next summer means that he would have been available for a cut-price deal ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, and West Ham really should have boosted their midfield with his signature.

Indeed, standing at 6ft 1in and boasting the ability to get around the park, he would have been an ideal addition to Pellegrini’s team, and the capital outfit might well regret missing out.

'Would be quality' – These Middlesbrough fans react as club eye 5ft 10in ace in stunning move

According to TEAMtalk, Middlesbrough have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan for the 2018-19 campaign.

Odegaard is back with Real Madrid following 18 months in Dutch football with Heerenveen, but it is understood that the 19-year-old will again leave on loan this summer.

Once regarded as one of the best young talents in world football, Odegaard’s career has stalled over the last couple of years, but there is a serious player in there somewhere.

It is understood that a number of Championship clubs are in the hunt, with Boro boss Tony Pulis considering a move before the loan window closes.

The Boro supporters have been reacting to the news on social media, and it would be fair to say that they are split over a potential deal for the 5ft 10in ace.

Indeed, whilst some would happily take a chance on the Norway international, there are those who feel that the club’s attentions should be elsewhere.

A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:

Opinion: Signing 12-time international in shock deal would make Aston Villa contenders for title

According to The Mirror, Aston Villa have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard on loan for the 2018-19 campaign.

What’s the story?

Odegaard hit the headlines when he trained with Stromsgodset’s first team in 2012 at the age of 13, and he made his first-team debut for the Norwegian club at the age of 15.

The biggest clubs in European football were battling to sign the teenager in the early stages of 2015, but it was Real Madrid that won the race.

Odegaard linked up with Real Madrid Castilla for the second half of the 2014-15 season, and he went on to feature regularly for the second team during the 2015-16 campaign.

Despite his high profile, the attacker has actually only made two first-team appearances for Real Madrid – one of which came during the 2014-15 season, and the other in November 2016.

The 12-time Norway international has just returned to the Bernabeu following 18 months on loan at Dutch side Heerenveen, and according to The Mirror, Villa could bring the teenager to the Championship for the 2018-19 campaign.

Would it be a good signing?

The fact that Odegaard has been around for so long means that it is easy to forget that the Norwegian is still just 19 years of age.

It was never going to be easy when he was thrust into the spotlight at Real Madrid on a huge salary, but the midfielder managed 43 appearances during his time at Heerenveen.

One thing is for sure, Odegaard has an incredible amount of ability, and the sight of him alongside Jack Grealish would surely excite the Villa supporters.

It was a difficult summer for Villa, but the club were able to keep a number of their star players, and can certainly challenge for promotion to the Premier League this term.

Managing to secure the signature of Odegaard would be a stroke of genius by head coach Steve Bruce, there is no question about that.

A number of other clubs are also said to be in the running for the teenager, but Villa should fight hard to secure the playmaker’s services.

Opinion: Arsenal were foolish to pursue Dembele instead of £18m-rated ace

According to ESPN, Arsenal failed in their attempt to sign Ousmane Dembele due to Barcelona’s reluctance to sell, but they should have been focusing on Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon.

What’s the word?

Manager Unai Emery recruited five new signings before Thursday’s transfer deadline, but there were two positions he failed to strengthen.

Widespread reports suggested that the Spaniard was hoping to land a winger and centre-back, but neither came through the welcome gates at the Emirates.

Dembele emerged as a target in the final few weeks of the window, but according to ESPN, Barcelona did not entertain an offer.

Instead, Arsenal should have spent their time trying to secure a deal for Cristian Pavon, who they were linked to in January.

Why was Pavon a better target?

This isn’t necessarily related to quality as Dembele is arguably a ‘bigger’ signing, so to speak.

However, Pavon – valued at £18m by Transfermarkt – would have been more attainable than a player who cost Barcelona close to £100m last summer.

The Argentina international may only be 22, but he has already shown on the global stage that he can cause problems down the right-hand side.

Pavon has pace and skill, and would have certainly added an extra dimension to Arsenal’s attack.

The young player is also able to play on the left-hand side or up front, providing plenty of versatility.

If Pavon becomes available in January, then Emery should think about making a move.