Chelsea and Barcelona scouts have been spotted in Oslo, Norway, observing 15-year-old Norwegian sensation Martin Ødergaard in action against Bulgaria in his competitive debut for his nation.
The youngster was called up to Norway's senior side and came off of the substitutes' bench to become Norway's youngest ever debutant in competitive action and the youngest player to take to the field on the European Championship, at the age of 15 years and 300 days.
Barcelona have been tracking Martin Ødegaard for months, and have invited him and his father to view the Catalan club's facilities ahead of a proposed move from Strømsgodset, according to The Daily Star.
The report also claims that Premier League trio Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United have all expressed interest in the Norwegian prodigy.
Spotted at Monday evening's fixture, was Tore André Flo, a retired Norwegian player who now operates as a member of his ex-club Chelsea's back-room staff, amongst other Blues scouts.
The news that Barcelona and Chelsea scouts were in Oslo in Monday broke via social media on Monday night, along with rumours that Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid scouts were also in attendance.
Ødegaard operates as an attacking midfielder, in the number 10 role. Proclamations have sensationally hailed him as the 'Norwegian Messi'. With a low centre of gravity, incredible dribbling skills and early development, the baring of resemblance is somewhat uncanny.
It is easy to see why the comparison has been formulated and it is clear why Barcelona, amongst other top European sides, are interested.
The youngster is fast collecting in excess of his fair share of records and could cash in on his early success as soon as January, presumably with any potential move seeing the Norwegian return to Strømsgodset on loan for the remainder if the season, and possibly for a period of greater length than that.
Strømsgodset will be keen to cash in on Ødergaard and will be looking to secure a lucrative deal for the aspiring teenager with one of the European giants.
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