Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp sent his top scouts to watch Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard on international duty this week and is now ready to fight Barcelona, Manchester United and any other transfer suitors for the talented youngster.
Odegaard has Europe's top clubs watching his progress and it's no surprise Bild report that Dortmund are one of them, after making his competitive debut for Norway last night just 300 days after his 15th birthday.
Where will this record-breaking starlet end up?
Odegaard's quite remarkable appearance in Norway's 2-1 against Bulgaria in Oslo last night has only thrown the spotlight further on one of the continent's most exciting talents, although he's been on United and Liverpool's radar for some time already.
The talented teen has already trained with both Premier League giants and been invited for a trial by Barcelona, although for now his development continues back in Norway Strømsgodset.
Barca, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid lead the race for his signature according to the Daily Mail, although don't discount the appeal of a club like Dortmund who can make room for a prodigy like Odegaard to get first-team exposure far more swiftly.
Bundesliga an attractive option for Scandinavian starlet
Dortmund had scouts at Norway's clash with Malta last week, although they were left disappointed as Odegaard was left on the bench for the entirety of that 3-0 victory.
Klopp had the prodigy looked at again in the Bulgaria showdown and got to him strut his stuff for 27 minutes, helping Norway make it back-to-back victories in a tricky qualifying group that also contains Croatia and Italy.
The challenge now for Odegaard is to pick the right place to harness his attacking talent when he eventually gets a big move across the continent.
A frighteningly fast career trajectory has Odegaard destined for the top, but his next move could decide whether we are talking about Lionel Messi's successor or the next Fredy Adu in years to come.
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