Spanish table toppers Real Madrid are set to beat Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City to the signing of 16-year-old midfielder, Martin Odegaard.
Odegaard is one of the most in-demand players in European football, with clubs including Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Ajax in the hunt for the Norwegian. However, Real seem to be in pole position to sign the youngster.
He was spotted at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday watching Real lose to Atletico Madrid 2-0 in the Copa del Rey. It is reported that Odegaard had flown over in on a private jet from Oslo earlier on Tuesday in order to commence talks on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Stromsgodset midfielder is the youngest player in the history of the European Championship after coming on in Norway's win over Bulgaria at the age of 15 years and 300 days.
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Doing the rounds
The youngster has trained with a whole host of top European clubs in recent months, including Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Barcelona and both Manchester clubs, but it looks like Real will be the first club to seal a deal with the midfielder.
It was widely tipped that Manchester United would be the club to grasp Odegaard's signature, however, it looks like Real have used their huge reputation, as well as their European pedigree, in order to secure the deal.
It is believed that Odegaard will be given his coveted number 16 shirt, and it appears that he hopes to immediately challenge in a squad full of the world's best talents.
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