Chelsea in pole-position for Arsenal and Man United’s ‘new Ronaldinho’ target

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Barcelona teenager Gerard Deulofeu has attracted widespread interest from a host of top European clubs as the La Liga champions strive to keep hold of another rising talent.

The La Masia product has been scouted by Arsenal and Manchester United, but it is Chelsea who are said to be leading the chase for the much coveted 16-year-old star reports The Sun.

Deulofeu made his Barcelona B debut only last week but has already been tipped for an exciting future with comparisons made with former Brazilian international playmaker Ronaldinho.

Chelsea tried to sign the youngster as a 14-year-old boy, but the tricky winger turned down a move to Stamford Bridge, instead opting to stay in Spain and join the Catalan giants.


The academy graduate is now said to be considering his future at Barca amidst doubts over whether he can truly progress at the Nou Camp due to the limited opportunities available with such a talented first-team squad and Carlo Ancelotti has offered him a viable option to move.

That news has also alerted the likes of Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson, with Arsenal the more realistic option of the two, as Deulofeu contemplates following in the footsteps of former teammate Jon Toral, whose move to the Emirates Stadium was confirmed earlier in the week.

Having said that, Manchester United will still look to step up their interest in a bid to convince Deulofeu that his long-term future would be best served at Old Trafford.

When the transfer window reopens this summer it could pave way for one of the most tightly contested triple transfer tussles in recent years as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United go head-to-head for one of the hottest young properties in Europe.

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