Gerard Deulofeu the latest wonderkid to emerge from La Masia.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to land Gerard Deulofeu – who is being compared to striker Lionel Messi – before he turns 18 next year.
Players in La Liga are only allowed to sign professional contacts at 18 – which means the Gunners can sign Deulofeu for just £3m.
SOURCE: The Daily Star
Chelsea are also interested in signing teenage prodigy Gerard Deulofeu, and have already raided Barcelona this summer with their capture of Oriol Romeu.
However, Arsenal are believed to be substantial favourites due to their favourable record in developing promising Barcelona young talent.
In addition, what the club’s fans would make of yet another player coming in with Barcelona DNA remains to be seen!
Barca too are aiming to protect themselves from paying out an extraordinary sum for a player should they lose them young.
They are insisting on a buyback clause in all transfers – including that of Bojan to AS Roma and Romeu to Chelsea.
While Deulofeu is a great young talent, signing him could prove costly should he develop well and be bought back before he can have a true impact – making the transfer more of an expensive loan.
In addition, two appearances in the league already for Deulofeu could see him elect to stay at Camp Nou.