Man Utd 'tried to sign Martin Odegaard several times' but never pulled off transfer for Real Madrid star
MANCHESTER UNITED reportedly failed in several bids to land Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard.
Spanish outlet Marca claim the Red Devils were prepared to pay big money for the Norwegian following his performances while on loan at Real Sociedad last season.
Yet the report adds that Madrid held off interest from the Old Trafford outfit to bring Odegaard back to the Bernabeu this summer.
But it was just the latest effort from United to land the attacker, who first registered an interest in the then-15-year-old back in 2014.
Odegaard was making a name for himself as a teenager for local side Stromsgodset but turned down England for Spain.
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Speaking in 2015, he said: "I visited Liverpool, the two Manchester teams and they were all very nice.
"But my choice was Real Madrid and I am very happy with that."
United then returned for Odegaard last October with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge as the Norwegian was keen to swoop for his young compatriot.
SunSport also revealed that club scout Marcel Bout was spotted watching Odegaard in Sociedad's 3-0 win over Valencia in February.
And Madrid were even thought to have offered the playmaker to United in a potential deal for Paul Pogba before the summer.
Yet the financial impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic scrapped Los Blancos chances of signing the Frenchman and Odegaard stayed put.
The Norway international has since been handed a second chance to shine at Madrid by boss Zinedine Zidane.
Odegaard made his first appearances for the LaLiga champions in five years last month – half a decade after becoming their youngest ever player.
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