Wednesday 7 January 2015 15:19, UK
Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard is set to sign for Real Madrid, according to Sky sources.
The 16-year-old attacking midfielder is one of the most sought-after young players in world football and is believed to have had the choice of a plethora of Europe’s top clubs.
Sky sources understand Odegaard has visited almost every top club in Europe, training with teams in England, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.
After assessing his options with family and representatives, Norway’s youngest ever international is believed to have chosen the reigning Champions League winners over Bayern Munich and Premier League clubs Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Sky sources understand Odegaard flew to Madrid last night and could complete his move from Norwegian Premier League club Stromsgodset as early as Wednesday.
Sky Sports football expert and Spanish sports journalist Guillem Balague said: “Martin Odegaard signing for Real Madrid has been reported in the Spanish press and has not been denied by the club.
“Apparently he got my book about Lionel Messi and posted it on Twitter – saying Messi was his favourite player. Today that message is gone, which is interesting.
“I believe he will sign for Real Madrid and even though he is only 16, he is an international and he has more than enough training in his legs and brain to be a top star.”
Odegaard has come through the ranks at Stromsgodset and became the youngest ever player to play and to score in Norway’s top flight.
He has made 16 appearances and scored three goals this season and only turned 16 on December 17 2014.