United chase Barcelona-bound 'new Messi'

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Besiktas’ teen sensation Muhammed Demirci is set to become the subject of a summer bidding war between two of Europe’s most prestigious clubs.

Manchester United and Barcelona are set to go head-to-head in a race to secure the 16-year-old Turkish star reports talkSPORT.

Regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Europe, the talented youngster has been compared in style to current Catalan king Lionel Messi – despite having only made his senior debut earlier this month.

Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to bring the player to Old Trafford at the earliest opportunity in a bid to continue his progression within the confines of Manchester United’s coaching team.


Demirci has a contract with Besiktas until 2013, but reports in the Spanish press have suggested that Barcelona had already offered the player a deal to move to the Nou Camp at the end of the current campaign.

However, Man United now look set to rival the La Liga champions for the much sought-after midfielder.

They now appear to be in pole position for Demirci’s signature after his representatives were reportedly quoted in the Turkish media saying that he would favour a move to England as reported by

The two clubs are set to battle all the way for a permanent move for the Turkish youth international in the summer.

And if Manchester United are successful in their attempt to land the promising star, it will provide more evidence of the Red Devil’s intentions to inject their squad with the finest young talent in Europe.

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