All arrows point away from the Bernabeu this week as the latest speculation surrounding Real Madrid suggests Martin Odegaard could leave the club on loan this summer, while Liverpool remain stuck on Karim Benzema's tail.
I haven’t heard [Odegaard’s] situation had changed, but if it’s true he’s going to be loaned out, then we will check and see what is possible. It’s more interesting to have players we own or have a buy-in option. They have to be very, very good like Jason Denayer [on loan from Manchester City], if we are to take them on loan without that buy-in agreement.
It's highly unlikely Odegaard will be considered for first-team contention at the Bernabeu next season and a temporary move to another European outfit seems the most logical option for 2015-16.
The report mentions that Odegaard credits Deila as being "hugely influential" on his career, and at such a young age, it's plausible the youngster should look to find some sense of familiarity in his next move.
However, the Scottish Premiership would be of drastic contrast to La Liga, and Real Madrid may well be wary about sending their prodigy to a league so far from their own in terms of style.
Odegaard is making good progress in the Spanish capital, though, and Real Madrid TV presenter Phil Kitromilides recently reported the playmaker had taken part in some first-team training:
Celtic are sure not to be the only side looking to take Odegaard on temporary terms this summer, however, with a long line of clubs sure to be interested in one of Europe's most promising prospects.
According to The Sun, Ronald Koeman's Southampton are among those teams looking to procure his services, and the idea of a move to St. Mary's may be seen as appealing:
Elsewhere, the future of striker Benzema has once again been thrown up for debate as long-term admirers Liverpool have once again been associated with a move for the French attacker.
Metro reports Real are ready to consider offers for Benzema this summer, and Brendan Rodgers will be first in the queue as he looks to bolster his striking options.
Daniel Sturridge scored in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday to show he can still be a deadly force for the Reds, but the likes of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have been less inspiring.
Benzema couldn't convert in Sunday's 2-1 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona, but David Cartlidge of beIN Sports nonetheless highlighted the forward as unfortunate not to have received better service:
It would be difficult to envision Rodgers juggling the expectations of both Sturridge and Benzema at Anfield, not to mention there being no clear indication as of yet regarding why the reigning champions of Europe would want to sell their star.
As Squawka points out, the France international has been a prolific spearhead for Carlo Ancelotti's attack in 2015:
With Divock Origi making his way to Anfield this summer following a loan spell at Lille and Iago Aspas returning alongside Luis Alberto, the Reds would likely have to sell before investing in any more forwards.
Liverpool have long been linked with a move for former Lyon star Benzema, but the stars simply don't appear to be aligning over his prospect anytime soon, and Rodgers may be forced back to the drawing board.