Liverpool appear to be stepping up their efforts to sign Norwegian sensation Martin Odegaard, with the teenage midfielder reportedly arriving with his father for a tour of the club’s facilities on Wednesday, according to the Mail.
Aged just 15, Odegaard made his first-team debut for local side Strømsgodset in April and has since gone on to score five goals in 25 league appearances, while even earning three senior international caps over the past few months.
Considered a potential world class talent, the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Arsenal, Ajax, Manchester City and Juventus are all reported to be courting his signature along with Liverpool, with the supposed front-runners for his signature changing almost week-to-week.
The promising attacker is even known to have spent time with both Real and United in the recent past, with both teams hoping to bring him back for another visit in the near future.
Nevertheless, Odegaard is a self-confessed fan of the Anfield outfit, telling German newspaper Sport Bild last month: "Liverpool have always been my dream club. But I will not let this affect my decision when I choose a new club.
"It's all about finding the team that is best for me and for my development. That is not necessarily Liverpool. I haven't really thought about my future yet. I will end the season here and then visit a number of clubs. I have not made a final decision yet, though."
Manager Brendan Rodgers also addressed rumours connecting the club to Odegaard following the team's recent Champions League defeat to Real Madrid and, while he did not want to go into great detail, his subsequent praise was more than telling.
“I know the young player that you're talking about and I won't go in to too much detail because he works and plays for another club,” he told reporters.
“But I know that he's a big talent for that age to be playing senior football at 15 and in a competitive league.
“He’s got wonderful ability and wonderful talent, but there’s nothing more to say on him.”
Liverpool have since been given one less rival competitor for Odegaard’s services, with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ruling out a move, but the battle to sign the emerging star is sure to remain fierce over the coming weeks and months considering all the clubs named as potential suitors.