Martin Odegaard has established himself among the most coveted teenagers in football after the 15-year-old Norwegian became the youngest player ever make an appearance in a European Championships qualifier.
Odegaard has impressed immensely since earning his place in the Stromsgodset first-team, as recognised by his international inclusion, and a his performances have led to the attention of host of Europe’s elite clubs.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have all been linked, while Manchester United and Liverpool fly the flag for the Premier League, and it would appear only a matter of time before he makes a transfer of note.
But it may not take an offer of particular significance if Louis van Gaal or Brendan Rodgers are compelled to formalise their interest, with Norwegian scout Tor-Kristian Karlsen believing it would take less than £4 million to sign the player.
“Martin Ødegaard is a very special case we have hardly seen before in the region. He is young, but still very attractive for many big clubs,” Karlsen told TV2.
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“If I must say a number then I believe that around 35-40 million Krones [£3.2m - £3.5m] is a probable sum. If Strømsgodset receive this award, they have done very well.”
While Manchester United and Liverpool may harbour a desire to sign Odegaard, it is the Clasico clubs who appear to be the frontrunners.
It has been claimed that both Real Madrid and Barcelona have invited forward to their respective training grounds, although the latter are still under a transfer ban.
A move to either the Santiago Bernabeu or Camp Nou would represent the most fitting path for Odegaard, given that he has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale no less.