Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard will wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to move to Manchester United or Liverpool, according to the Daily Express.
The paper, carrying quotes from the player himself taken after his latest impressive showing - wherein he scored a brace - on Sunday, claims that the 15-year-old wonderkid is open to transferring to one of the Premier League giants in the near future, but will wait before choosing which one.
Odegaard, who made history when he represented Norway during their Euro 2016 qualification match against Bulgaria last week, has a number of suitors in high places, and has been likened to Lionel Messi in the past.
Now, in a move that is sure to prompt even more speculation surrounding where his future lies, Odegaard has fanned the flames which turn the rumour mill, by leaving the door open to a big move.
"It's all true, I will visit some of the biggest clubs in Europe at the end of the season.
"This is because I want to be sure of the choice I make for my future. I want to feel the environment.
"If I leave, I will only do it for a top level club."
Interest from United
The interested in the starlet’s services from Old Trafford has been present for some time now, with reports claiming that Louis van Gaal and co. are keen to ensure that he continues his development under their tutelage.
The Red Devils have produced plenty of talented youngsters over the years, and the recent emergence of Adnan Januzaj have served to quell fears that academy graduates would suffer as a result of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Other notable youth prospects to have been handed roles in the first-team of late include defenders Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett, both of whom who have been introduced to the senior side by Van Gaal.
The Dutchman has a reputation of giving rising stars their big breaks, having helped to usher the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta in the Barcelona setup during his time at the Nou Camp.
However for the Red Devils it’s sure to be far from plain sailing in this particular endeavour, as Liverpool look set to match them every step of the way.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is another stern advocate of youth development and with Odegaard being perhaps the most talked about teenager in Europe at the moment it would be a major coup if he could beat Van Gaal to the punch.
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