Arsenal and Spurs battle for Barca starlet

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Tottenham Hotspur have joined Arsenal in the chase for highly-rated Barcelona starlet Guy Assulin.

The Israeli playmaker is set to struggle for first team opportunities at the Nou Camp, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp both thought to be monitoring the situation with a view to a transfer move this summer.

Barca coach Pep Guardiola is keen to keep the 19-year-old in Catalonia, with Assulin impressing for the 'B' team over the past three seasons.

Once dubbed the 'new Messi', the Spanish giants tied Assulin down to a three-year deal back in 2007. That contract included a €20M buy-out clause, but is set to expire at the end of this month.

With no new contract signed, speculation has been rife about the future of the teenager. Gunners boss Wenger has a track-record of bringing young players to north London from La Liga sides, and was thought to be leading the chase for this particular player.

However, Sport paper in Spain reports that Spurs are ready to battle their bitter rivals for the signing of Assulin.

Redknapp previously raided the club for Giovani Dos Santos, but the Mexican flattered to deceive during his time at White Hart Lane.

Assulin, who made his debut for Israel at 16, will seemingly have the choice of several options this summer. Sport reports that the Premier League is his preferred destination, meaning both parties have a chance of luring the talented youngster to the capital.

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