As have provided a fresh installment of information regarding 16-year-old Martin Ødegaard on Thursday.
Since Tuesday it has become apparent that the much-prized Norwegian teenager is looking destined to join Real Madrid.
That transfer speculation was given a backbone on Wednesday evening as Ødegaard was pictured in the stands at the Vicente Calderon to watch Real lose 2-0 to Atletico in the Copa Del Rey.
The 16-year-old will undergo a medical Thursday before being introduced at a press conference at the Ciudad Real Madrid training facility at 13.30 CET.
Wednesday morning, Stromsgodset teammate Martin Ovenstad told news outlets that Odegaard would sign with Real Madrid after being courted by a host of Europe’s biggest clubs and finest academies. Odegaard has already spent time with Madrid’s first team as he toured clubs across the continent, having spent time with Bayern Munich and Liverpool as well.
Odegaard scored five goals in 23 games for Stromsgodset to help the team finish fourth in the Tippeligaen last year. Last October, he became the youngest player in the history of the European Championship when he came on as a substitute in Norway’s 2-1 victory over Bulgaria in a Euro 2016 qualifier.
Martin Odegaard is expected to finally announce a move to Real Madrid next week.
The 16-year-old Stromsgodset midfielder has been on a tour of Europe’s top clubs.
Odegaard was even praised by Real star Cristiano Ronaldo, who claimed his third Ballon d’Or award last week.
“ [He is a] good player. He’s a young boy who can still grow – he’s 16 years old. ”said Ronaldo.
Odegaard and his father, Hans Erik, will move to Madrid straight away and the attacking midfielder will begin training with the first team. Hans Erik has been offered a job at Real and his son will play for the B team until the summer.
After the league season ended in November, Odegaard began a tour of Europe’s leading clubs and is said to have interested Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, along with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart.
The transfer fee may be around 20-30 million euros – an incredible figure for such a young prospect who only turned 16 last month. The deal will also no doubt include a large sell-on bonus for Strømsgodset.