Stromsgodset midfielder Martin Odegaard is the currently most sought-after talent in football. For the past few weeks, the 16-year-old has been a guest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs as they attempt sell the teenager on the benefits of signing with their side.
Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs have shown the attacking midfielder their facilities and held training sessions with the starlet. Ajax will be the next team to host the young Norwegian before he and his current club make a decision on his future.
Speculation is Odegaard is a “fan” of Liverpool, and also “favored” a move to Barcelona before the club’s transfer embargo was upheld. But according to Norwegian reporter Marius Skelbaek, the teenager has narrowed his choices down to two clubs: Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
It has previously been reported that Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich are prepared to make the 16-year-old the highest-paid youth player in the history of football.
Last month, the Spanish publication Marca reported the Bundesliga champions had offered Odegaard a five-year contract that would see him earn 1 million euros (£787,000) in his initial season in Germany; which would then increase up to 2.5 million euros (£1.96 million)
Regardless of those figures, TV2 reporter Marius Skelbaek understands that it is still a two-horse race to sign Odegaard between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
“He [Odegaard] is a big Liverpool fan but I think maybe Bayern and Real Madrid are leading the race to sign him,” said Skelbaek. “There is going to be a sale this month because Stromsgodset need the money and he only has one year left on his contract and the club wants to sell him now.”
Despite the interest from Europe’s top sides, Skelbaek feels the teenager would benefit from plying his trade at a club known for nurturing young talent.
“He could develop to a great player this year and will maybe take the level of Premier League or Bundesliga, but I think at this point maybe the Dutch level would fit him. You see that with young players from Denmark, Sweden, they are going to clubs like Ajax, Feynoord, PSV and do great, maybe that’s the best level, but who knows with the Mozart of football.”