Report: Manchester United or Juventus for record-breaking teen

Martin Odegaard is the youngest player in the history of the European Championship and Juventus and Manchester United are reportedly eyeing him.

There can be little doubt that Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard is headed for big things and Italian reports suggest that the battle to sign him is starting.

Odegaard became the youngest player in European Championship history when he came on as a substitute for Norway against Bulgaria at the age of 15 years and 300 days.

It seems inevitable that the gifted youngster will be lured away from Strømsgodset where he has come through the youth system before too long.

Recent reports have claimed that as many as 30 major European teams are watching Odegaard, but the frontrunners may be Juventus and Manchester United, two clubs who often fight for talented young players.

Norway are in Italy's group and Tuttosport believes that Juventus been paying closer attention to Odegaard as a result, but that Manchester United are starting to prepare their engines.

Odegaard is under contract until 2017 but his father Hans Erik told the BBC that there are many potential options for when Martin wants to leave.

"At first it seemed absurd that everyone was interested in Martin, but now we are used to it," he said. "We have been contacted by more than 30 of Europe's most prestigious clubs."

The former youngest player in the European Championship was Ronny Büchel of Liechtenstein, who debuted at the age of 16 years and 209 days in 1998. He has made 72 national appearances but has only ever represented clubs in Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

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