Manchester City to rival Barcelona for Malaga teen star

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Manchester City will go head-to-head with Barcelona for the signature of highly-rated Malaga teenager Brahim, reports the Daily Mail.

The 14-year-old playmaker is widely regarded as a star of the future, and has already been the subject of two failed bids from the reigning La Liga champions.

Barcelona believe Brahim could be ready to feature in Gerardo Martino's first-team by the time he is 16, and have already begun a charm offensive by introducing the talented teenager to Camp Nou stars Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

However, the Catalan club will face competition from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who knows the player well from his time at Malaga.

The Premier League side are hopeful that the affable relationship between the two clubs will convince Brahim and his family to move to England, and give the Etihad Stadium outfit the upper hand when it comes to the negotiating table.

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