Martin Odegaard has been thrust into the world football spotlight in recent weeks. It came after the incredibly talented 15-year-old made his Norway debut last month. He played against the United Arab Emirates on the 19th August, becoming Norway’s youngest ever player.
He made his debut for Stromsgodset back in April, and has scored three goals in 23 games for his very lucky club. This week he has again been called up to the Norway senior squad, such is the talent he possesses.
Of course being dubbed the ‘Norwegian Messi’ was always going to attract attention. He has been on Bayern Munich and Manchester United for short training sessions in the past.
United are believed to still be keen on the player while Liverpool are said to be on the prowl for the player. Liverpool are said to be considering a move for the player when he turns 16 – which is still a way off, on the 15th December.
However, it is going to be a fight for the player. As it is believed that over 30 teams have made an approach for the player!
His father Hans Erik has confirmed that amount, reported in Spanish paper Diario AS:
More than 30 major clubs have asked about him. Martin could play in any team in Europe.”
They went on to list some of the teams that they say are keen on snapping him up. The likes of VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are said to be watching him from the Bundesliga. Italian champions Juventus are also keen – as are Manchester City, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.
That is a pretty exhaustive list of the rich and powerful in European football.
Good luck with that decision.
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