Manchester United and Chelsea are destined miss out on the services of highly-rated youngster Martin Odegaard, if Norwegian journalist Marius Skelbaek is to be believed.
According to the Daily Express, the TV2 journalist told Sky Sports that he believed Liverpool were the favourites amongst the English clubs, virtue of both Odegaard and his father being Reds fans.
Whilst not ignoring the possibility of the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Arsenal having a shout at clinching the burgeoning forward’s signature, Skelbaek all but ruled United and Chelsea out of the chase, by way of omitting their names from his list of well-placed suitors.
"I think he is going to be sold this month because his club needs the money and he only has one year left on his contract," the journalist said.
"I think maybe Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are leading the race to sign him, and the latest rumour is that Martin is going to visit the Dutch talent industry this month, clubs like Ajax.
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"Dutch football could suit him right now and a lot of young players from Denmark and Sweden go to clubs like Ajax, Feyenoord or PSV and do great.
"But it is possible he will move to England. He has been visiting all the big clubs in the Premier League. He is a big Liverpool fan. They are his and his father's favourite club.
"But it is possible he will move to England. He has been visiting all the big clubs in the Premier League. He is a big Liverpool fan. They are his and his father's favourite club"
"So who knows? Maybe he could sign for Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid."
Doing the rounds
Only last week was it claimed that Odegaard had been training at Carrington - United’s complex - as individuals at Old Trafford sought to convince him that to become a Red Devil was the way forward.
Indeed it’s been documented that the 16-year-old has undertaken something of a world tour as he samples the different clubs interested in him, though as of yet it remains to be seen where he will end up.
Though tender in years Odegaard has already appeared three times for the Norway national side, and it’s thought that he has the potential to become a world-class star in the future.
As such none of the aforementioned European giants are willing to cede ground in the hunt for his services, and it may just come down to personal preference rather than the success enjoyed by the club in question.
Brendan Rodgers will certainly be banking on that element, as his Liverpool side are trailing the other teams when it comes to silverware won in recent times. Ironically Arsenal, too, fall well behind the likes of Bayern and Real in the trophy-stakes, though Arsene Wenger’s nous when it comes to working with young players could help them seal the deal.
None can argue however that at Anfield he would be presented with perhaps the easiest task of breaking into the starting XI. Raheem Sterling’s meteoric rise to prominence has seen a route highlighted for quick graduation into the first-team for young attacking players.