Last summer, Manchester United were tipped to have a very busy transfer deadline day, until the day itself, when it appeared only Radamel Falcao would be arriving in the final throes of another hectic period.
But while the Colombian finalised his loan move from AS Monaco, Sky Sports News reported that Martin Odegaard could also be heading to United from Norwegian side Stromsgodset.
That move failed to materialise, but the 15-year-old – for whom the term ‘wonder-kid’ most certainly applies – continued to be linked with United, along with Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid and practically every other big club in Europe.
Now Arsenal have reportedly joined the race, with the player tipped to train with the Gunners just as he has with United and Liverpool previously. But while he had been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, could Louis van Gaal’s treatment of another young player have swayed Odegaard’s opinion?
United’s Dutch manager has shown faith in a number of young players this season – most notably Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and James Wilson – but one player who has not enjoyed the season many were expecting is Adnan Januzaj.
The Belgian international may have got a little more game-time in recent weeks but the players fighting for a spot in attacking midfield mean Januzaj has now been tipped to spend the second half of the season on loan at David Moyes’ Real Sociedad.
While it is mere speculation at this point, the move would make sense for a variety of reasons, but could Odegaard have seen Januzaj’s options decrease and made the decision to move elsewhere as a result?
There is no telling what Norway’s youngest ever senior international player is thinking right now.
But it is clear United have a whole host of attacking options in the very position Odegaard likes to occupy; and if Januzaj cannot get a game despite his outstanding breakout season, will the younger player fare any better in the short-term, no matter how promising he may be?