Manchester City dealt blow in chase for Barcelona winger

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Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu will snub the advances of Manchester City and sign his first professional contract at Camp Nou, according to the Spaniard's agent.

TalkSPORT reports how the 19-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move to the reigning Premier League champions, after a recommendation from Txiki Begiristain, a former director at the Catalan club, now working at the Etihad Stadium.

Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has been credited with an interest in signing Deulofeu, and was ready to activate his £8.1million release clause in order to bring him to England, with a double-your-money contract offer.

Talks with Barcelona looked to have reached an impasse, paving way for the Spain U21 international's transfer to Manchester City. But, now the talented teenager - who still has 18 months to run on his existing youth contract - is on the verge of agreeing a new deal with the Primera Division giants.

"I don't think there will be any problem sorting out a renewal here [at Barcelona] when the club wants to talk about it again," confirmed Deulofeu's representative, Gines Carvajal, in an interview with Radio Marca.

Deulofeu has been with Barcelona for ten years since the age of nine, and has set his sights on making a first-team breakthrough under Tito Vilanova, with the intention of rejecting interest from the Premier League.




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