While speaking with Sky Sports on Tuesday evening, TV 2’s Marius Skelbaek spoke on the possibilities surrounding the destination of young teenage sensation, Martin Odegaard, and there is a chance that the highly coveted youngster could turn out an Arsenal player.
The 16-year old is still tied to Norwegian top flight side, Stromsgodset, but with the big and mighty bearing down for him, it seems their resistance will be broken this January, albeit financial reasons playing a part.
“I think he is going to be sold this month because his club needs the money and he only has one year left on his contract” Skelbaek said.
“I think maybe Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are leading the race to sign him, and the latest rumour is that Martin is going to visit the Dutch talent industry this month, clubs like Ajax…”
“But it is possible he will move to England. He has been visiting all the Big clubs in the Premier League. He is a big Liverpool fan. They are his and his father’s favorite club”
“So who knows? Maybe He could sign for Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid”
Odegaard’s incredible technical abilities have kept him in the spotlight for the best part of three years with comparisons drawn with a similarly statured Lionel Messi. Wenger did miss out on landing Messi himself in 2003 as part of the trio that would have followed Fabregas to Highbury, together with Pique, but efforts have been made not to miss out on an opportunity to land the new kid.
He has been on a tour of facilities in England including the Emirates and it is sensible to believe he would have been impressed with what he’s seen. Our main hitch with being favorites for him would be his supposed affection for Liverpool but even that may not be so much of an obstacle if they have not weighed up as much by way of a move for him.
The fact that Stromsgodset are in need of money could lead them to keeping an open mind about a highest bidder rather than the long-term interest of the player gaining regular footballing experience, and by this we ought to fear a possible Real Madrid bid. They are not very famous for waiting patiently for youngsters to develop but they are not averse to splashing incredible cash on him for its commercial benefit.
But if football is what matters to him, he and his father must know that the Premier League offers that platform to play a bit regularly, and Arsenal, like Liverpool, will certainly give him the opportunity in some games. Fabregas and Wilshere made their debuts at 16, and if he is claimed to even have more ability that they had at his age, he will certainly be used and groomed to good levels by Arsene Wenger.
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