By now people in the football loop have heard of Martin Ødegaard. The 15 year old is a seems the real deal football prodigy, making appearances in 2014 in the Norweigan first division and the senior national team, becoming the youngest every footballer ever to accomplish both. He’s now being courted by Europe’s elites, including of course FC Barcelona. Norwegian paper VG reported yesterday that Ødegaard’s manager at Stromsgodet confirmed the club received an official invitation from Barça to come check out the club and the facilities it can offer him.
However the unresolved FIFA ban creates a hurdle. Unless the Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS) overturn FIFA’s ruling or somehow lessen or modify it, Barça will be unable to legally secure Ødegaard for another year or more. Therefore the strategy appears to woo his heart and ask he be patient until the FIFA issue becomes a thing of the past. But with all the other big guns out there loaded with cash to splurge, competition for his talent will be fierce.