Real Madrid have confirmed they have agreed a deal in signing Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset.
The 16-year-old made his international debut at the age of 15 and has attracted interest from top clubs in Europe. Premier League outfits Manchester United and Liverpool, along with Dutch giant Ajax were keen on securing his services.
However, Odegaard snubbed a chance to join English clubs and completed his switch to the Spanish capital club. The Norwegian international will be presented to the media on Thursday.
"Real Madrid C. F. and Stromsgodset Fotball have reached an agreement for the transfer of Martin Odegaard," reads a statement released by Real on their official website.
"After undergoing a medical exam, the player will hold a press conference with the director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueno, today 22 January at 1:30pm CET in the Ciudad Real Madrid press room."
According to BBC, Odegaard is set to begin his life in Spain with the Real Madrid B team under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane. He has been previously invited by United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich for trials, apart from the 10-times European champions.
Another report from BBC suggests that the wonder kid has been labelled the next Lionel Messi after the left-footed player has drawn comparisons to the Barcelona star.
During his time at the Norwegian club, Odegaard scored five goals and registered seven assists in 23 appearances for Stromsgodset.