Former Monaco director and acclaimed scout Tor-Kristian Karlsen believes Martin Odegaard won’t be able to demand the same size fees as when Tore Andre Flo went from Chelsea to Rangers for 160 million Norwegian Krones [£12million] or when John Carew was bought by Valencia from Rosenborg for 75 million Norwgian Krones [£6.8million].
The much-talked about talent was reportedly seen at Real Madrid’s training ground on Monday, but has also been rumoured to have looked around a number of clubs training grounds as he begins to plan for his long-term future.
In England, a number of clubs have unsurprisingly been reported with interest in the talented 15-year-old, most notably Manchester United and Liverpool, with the latter’s manager, Brendan Rodgers, even talking the talent up in a recent press conference.
Although the price of the youngster is hard to gauge, based interest and limited time on his contract, former Monaco director Tor-Kristian Karlsen believes he could be bought for bargain price despite being touted as one of the world’s best youngsters.
‘Martin Odegaard is a very special case,’ said Karlsen. ‘We haven’t seen a player like him before in our region.
‘He is young, but still very attractive for many big clubs. But he is unlikely to cost as much [as Tore Andre Flo and John Carew] in pure transfer fee.
‘If I must say a number then I believe that around 35-40 million [Norwegian Krones; roughly £3.2 to £3.8 million] is a probable sum.
‘If Stromsgodset receive that amount, they will have done very well.’
The price, if close to Karlsen’s approximation, could be very attractive to clubs who don’t want to be in a tug-of-war if he eventually runs his contract, which expires at the end of the Norwegian season in 2015.
The dynamic midfielder, who has been likened to a mix of Andres Iniesta and Xavi, has scored five goals in 22 appearances for Stromsgodset this season and has made his senior international debut for Norway, coming on for half-an-hour in a 2-1 win over Bulgaria.
Although there is a lot of interest in the 15-year-old, and he is proven at a first-team standard, it is unlikely that he will join a top European club and go into a similar first-team role. At such a young age, development should be the overriding factor in his decision and it may well come down to who can offer the best training facilities and progression plan.
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