Martin Odegaard set for trial and talks with Manchester United

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European football's most wanted wonderkid Martin Odegaard has made Manchester his next destination in the search for a new club, as the battle rages on to sign the outrageously talented teenager in 2015.

Odegaard will reportedly spend time with both Manchester United and Manchester City this week, before returning to Stromgodset for pre-season training on January 6th.

As silly as this may sound the 16-year-old is long overdue making a decision on his long-term future, a position he is largely expected to remedy before the January transfer window closes.

United & City get their chance to shine

Since turning 16 last month Odegaard and his father have been busy flirting with a host of Premier League clubs, holding talks with Liverpool before spending time with Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Ajax.

The technically-gifted player was widely expected to sign for Bayern Munich last month, but looks to have snubbed that opportunity for now and will instead include Manchester on his whistle-stop tour around Europe, giving United and City the chance to prove they represent the best bet for his future development.

Could City's new academy seal the deal?

Despite seeing the best facilities Europe has to offer in recent times Odegaard and his representatives will surely be hugely impressed by what City have to offer, with a new purpose-built £200 million academy now in place just a short walk away from the Etihad Stadium.

United will of course be equally confident that the lure of Old Trafford could be enough for Odegaard to follow in the footsteps of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and sign for the Red Devils, but both have it all to in probably the most keenly-contested race for a talented young player in the modern era.

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