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Barcelona Rival Manchester United For World Cup Defensive Duo

Barca keen on Dutch international.Barcelona could be set to rival Manchester United for the signing of two of their main defensive targets, including Netherlands World Cup star Daley Blind, according to Sport.

The Catalan giants are in the market for new additions at the back this summer and also look set to revive their interest in Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels, who helped Germany to victory in Brazil.

Blind, meanwhile, scored in his country’s third-place playoff victory over the host nation, and is also noted for providing one of the assists of the tournament with a superb driven ball to set up Robin van Persie for a headed goal against Spain.

After their achievements on the international stage, the pair could now be on their way to the Nou Camp if new Barca manager Luis Enrique gets his way, with the club cooling their interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos and Jeremy Mathieu of Valencia.

Hummels has long been regarded as one of the best centre-backs in Europe, leading to strong interest from United in recent months, while Blind is an up-and-coming star who has recently shone in the Eredivisie with Ajax, who can play in a variety of positions from left-back, centre-back to defensive midfield.

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