Bayern Munich win Martin Odegaard transfer race

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Bayern Munich look to have won the race for Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool target Martin Odegaard.

The 15-year-old wonderkid is the most coveted young player in the sport, and has reportedly picked Pep Guardiola's side despite training with some of the biggest clubs across the globe.

Real Madrid had been widely thought to be winning the race for his signature, but Bayern are expected to confirm the transfer tomorrow on the date of the youngster's 16th birthday. 

Huge potential

Odegaard is viewed as the finest Norwegian product for many years, having made his debut for the national team back in August after impressing at current side Stromsgodet FC.

His playing style has drawn obvious comparisons with Lionel Messi, and for many months now his future has been shrouded in controversy as the superpowers of the game begun to circle.

So talented is he that Odegaard was even included in the new Football Manager 2015 video game, a rare achievement for somebody so young and so early into their playing days. 

Many of the Premier League's finest were thought to have been monitoring events, but Louis van Gaal, Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger will be disappointed to have missed out on a player that could become great under the tutelage of Guardiola. 

Youthful dangers

The youngster has found the net five times 23 appearances this term, but must shrug off the weight of expectation in order to live up to his full potential. 

Freddy Adu was a similar case, invited to United for a trial during the days where Sir Alex Ferguson ruled the roost aged just 17, but after chancing his arm in Europe at Benfica is currently stuck in Serbia with FK Jagodina believed to be "washed up" at the tender age of 23. 

YouTube sensation Kerlon was given his big break by Serie A titans Inter Milan after his "seal dribble" had wowed the masses, but after failing to register a single appearance at the San Siro is now in Japan with Fujieda MYFC.

Future hope

Odegaard could be the prodigy that delivers where the likes of Adu and Kerlon did not. 

The Norwegian international can go on to become a lynchpin of the Bayern side, but failure to do so would ensure he joins a select few in being some of football's most over-hyped youngsters.  

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