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According to The Sun, Manchester United are watching Martin Odegaard, but face stiff competition for his signature from Premier Legaue rivals.
The Norway international has stolen the show whilst on loan at Real Sociedad, scoring two goals and providing a further two assists after just seven appearances in La Liga.
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The Sun claim the likes of United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are all keeping an eye on developments, and believe an offer in the region of £25m could be enough to land him – as long as parent club Real Madrid want to sell him.
Having burst onto the scene at just 15-years-old, Odegaard has fallen off the radar in recent years. A high-profile move to Madrid hasn’t quite worked out, with the midfielder spending several seasons out on loan. It is only now in his spell at Sociedad that he appears to be finding his feet again. The 20-year-old is showing signs of delivering on the promise that marked his early rise, and has been one of the chief creators in the Spanish first division.
The Norwegian has averaged 3.3 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per game in La Liga this season, and it is understandable why United are reported to have scouts watching him. The Red Devils have been lacklustre in attack, failing to score more than one goal in a league game since the 4-0 drubbing of Chelsea in the opening contest of the Premier League campaign.
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Odegaard would undoubtedly help to rectify that. Forwards require service to score goals, and the 20-year-old is proving himself to be a reliable architect of them. And still at such a young age, the room for growth is incredible, with former Netherlands boss Dick Advocaat hailing the starlet’s abilities.
“He is an exceptional talent, a gift from God. Really a very nice to watch. You think: ‘he won’t succeed’, but then he makes another move and he is free. Those are players who can decide matches for you.”
The midfielder’s former teammate at Dutch side Vitesse, Bryan Linssen, also paid a glowing tribute of Odegaard’s talent after a particularly impressive performance.
“I just sat on the bench with Tim Matavz. He turns around and says: ‘He’s unbelievable’. He’s just terribly good. He’s unstoppable, it’s bizarre.”
More than anything, the Norway international comes with a glittering array of believers in his talent. United simply must fend off the competition, and take action on their reported scouting trips.