Manchester United & Chelsea in five-way chase for Scandinavian starlet

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SK Brann forward Bard Finne will be the subject of a Premier League transfer tussle this summer, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester City all coveting his signature, reports Sky Sports.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in Scandinavia at the moment, and has represented Norway at youth international level.

Finne will be out of contract in December, and his impressive performances have alerted a host of top European suitors, with additional interest from clubs in Germany, Italy and France.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be monitoring the talented teenager's situation as he weighs up a bid to bring him to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens on July 1.

However, Manchester United will face strong competition to secure his services, with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini also keeping tabs on the player.

Arsene Wenger has been mooted as an admirer of Finne too; the Arsenal tactician has a reputation for scouting promising young starlets, and developing them into world-class players, so a move to the Emirates Stadium might be a favourable option for the SK Brann star.

However, Chelsea's reported interest means that the Gunners might be forced to pay over the odds for Finne, with SK Brann likely to sell their prized asset to the highest bidder.

Roman Abramovich is renowned for paying big money to bring players to Stamford Bridge - most famously the £50million capture of Fernando Torres from Liverpool - so if the Russian wants Finne then he will probably bankroll whatever it takes to lure him to west London.


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