Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard is at the centre of a major tug of war between Manchester United and their bitter local rivals Manchester City, and those two Premier League giants are not alone in chasing one of Europe's hottest prospects.
Odegaard smashed the record for the youngest player ever to feature in a European Championship qualifier earlier this week, with The Sun reporting that as a result the race for the 15-year-old's signature is more fierce than ever.
City's 'special relationship'
After bursting onto the scene for both and club country in his mid-teens Odegaard can pretty much have his pick of top European teams if the price is right, with Chelsea, Juventus, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool all monitoring his progress very closely.
City believe they have the upper hand though, thanks to a strong working relationship with his club Stromsgodset.
The 2013 Norwegian champions have already helped aid the development of three City starlets as part of a talent exchange agreement between the two teams, one that could tip the balance in a multi-million pound chase.
How much will Odegaard cost?
The Sun believe that Stromsgodset are resigned to losing their breakthrough star sooner rather than later, but he'll cost more than £1m upfront despite being more than three months shy of his 16th birthday.
Odegaard's also wants looking to secure a salary of around £1m-a-year plus performance-related add-ons for their client when he does eventually make a big-money move, a salary which works out at just shy of £20,000-a-week.
The youngster doesn't have formal representation and is still looked after by his father at this stage, but expect that situation and his long-term future to change very quickly if he continues a rapid ascent towards the top of the game.
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