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Arsenal & Barcelona face fight for Zakaria Bakkali

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Benfica will attempt to sign Belgian wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali from PSV in the summer, reports Portuguese A Bola.

The teenage winger has grown into one of PSV's most potent players this season with blistering pace and an eye for goal.

His form led Belgium coach Marc Wilmots to compare the player to Eden Hazard, who has been arguably the best player in the Premier League this season.

But Wilmots and Benfica aren't the only ones who have noticed the 18-year-old, as both Arsenal and Real Madrid have been linked with a summer move as well.

In fact a source from inside PSV has confirmed that Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the forward and has been strongly backed to step up his interest in the summer.

"Bakkali is a player that Wenger rates highly," said the PSV source to the Dutch media.

"Arsenal have kept an eye on him and are aware that other teams want him, so could move in the summer to buy him."

But Wenger risks losing out on the player if he doesn't move soon as Benfica are already plotting a summer move in an attempt to beat the Gunners and Real Madrid to his signature.

PSV are in somewhat of a precarious position when it comes to keeping Bakkali. With his contract due to expire in 2015, they could be forced to sell him or risk losing him for free the following summer. 

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