Ajax are expected to win the race to sign Stromgodset midfield wizard Martin Odegaard, dealing a blow to Liverpool and Manchester City, both of whom have chased the Norwegian international heavily.
The 16-year-old wonderkid spent time training with Liverpool during December, and was also invited to take a tour of City’s exceptional new £200 million training complex.
Premier League rivals Southampton, who are also challenging for the Champions League, were also thought to be keen.
However, in the end it was the promise of first team football that won out for Odegaard, with Ajax promising him that he will receive opportunities faster than at other clubs interested in him, as reported by the Daily Star.
Odegaard and his father are believed to be fearful that a move to the Premier League would see him miss out on opportunities for senior football.
Ajax have a renowned youth system, and often provide opportunities to young stars.
Bayern Munich were the previous favourites, but seem to have dropped off.