Martin Odegaard has been advised that a move to the Premier League could be counter productive by national team coach Per-Mathias Hogmo.
The 15-year-old is one of the most sought after youngsters in the European game with well over a dozen top sides thought to be tracking his progress as they mull over potential deals to try and sign him.
However, Hogmo has implied that the Premier League (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester ) is not the correct next step he should be taking.
“He has already made his debut with the national team, but also at club level, he will have to take a step forward,” said Hogmo.
“He has two choices. Whether he goes to a mid-range club that helps his development, such as Ajax, or he goes directly to an absolute top club.”
The temptation to move directly to a huge club is obvious because that’s the ultimate ambition for any youngster making his way in the European game.
However, the pressure and lack of opportunity which is often associated to most big clubs could mean that a lower profile side would see him gain more regular first team action.
Barcelona are thought to be among the sides to have made the first move to him and his representatives, inviting him and his father to Spain which will give them a chance to sell their facilities and potential.
However, high profile clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United arguably offer him a faster route into their first teams with United in particular showing a tendency to use younger players this season.
Somewhere like Ajax would be a top choice for him because the Dutch giants have a long and proven history when it comes to using younger players and developing stars into first team regulars.
There are numerous examples of players who have performed well for the Ajax first team before going onto bigger transfers.
It will be fascinating to see which direction his career moves in when he’s old enough for sides to start slinging in bids.