Marc Overmars believes Ajax can make United and Liverpool wonderkid target the 'next Zlatan'

Marc Overmars is ready to snatch Martin Odegaard from under the nose of Manchester United and Liverpool.

Martin Odegaard has been thrust into the spotlight recently. It came after the incredibly talented 15-year-old made his Norway debut against the United Arab Emirates on the 19th August, becoming Norway's youngest ever player.

He made his debut for Stromsgodset back in April, and is being dubbed the 'Norwegian Messi'.

Of course that tag was always going to attract attention. He had already been with Bayern Munich and Manchester United for short training stints before his name became well known.

United are believed to still be keen on the player while Liverpool are said to be on the prowl.

In fact he attended Melwood earlier this month, training with the team and going for dinner with some of the stars. He has had similar visits reported at Real Madrid, Ajax and Barcelona - so it is fair to say that he is one of the most wanted men in football right now.

The likes of Celtic and Hoffenheim have also made their interest clear and he is currently training with the German champions.

So Liverpool and Manchester United have a real battle to get hold of this much-coveted kid, who turns 16 on the 15th December.

But Dutch side Ajax remain confident of getting their man, with a former Arsenal player leading the assault.

Arsenal legend Marc Overmars is now sporting director at Ajax and believes his club is best suited for Odegaard, citing the likes of Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as former players to have made the grade at the Amsterdam ArenA:

"I have followed him a long time. I think we have a nice stage here, they know it anywhere. How nice would it be if a new Ronaldo again starts here? That might happen. A new Zlatan, why not? The name Ajax is big in Scandinavia, so we have a head start."

Indeed Ajax have snapped up the likes of Viktor Fischer, Christian Eriksen and, of course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic from northern Europe in recent years so who knows, the ex-Arsenal man might just beat Liverpool and Manchester United to his signature.

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