Barcelona starlet Seung Woo Lee is at the centre of a transfer battle between Premier League giants Chelsea and Liverpool.

Dubbed the “Korean Messi” following a string of excellent performances for Barcelona’s youth teams in recent years, Woo is understood to be on the radar of both English clubs, according to the Daily Star. However, they will need to move quick in order to secure the highly-rated teenager’s services, as Barcelona are close to finalising negotiations over a first professional contract.

Woo Lee, who turned 16 in January, could turn professional with the Catalan giants as early as next week. But until negotiations are concluded, Chelsea and Liverpool both have an outside chance of luring the youngster to England.

Barcelona are used to losing talented youngsters to rival European clubs before they sign professional contracts; however, the reigning La Liga champions are unlikely to allow Woo Lee to leave the Camp Nou without putting up a stern fight.

Woo Lee is one of the most promising La Masia students, having been discovered by Barcelona at the Under-13 World Cup in South Africa back in 2011. He first hit the headlines back in December 2012, when he was filmed scoring an superb four-goal haul for the club’s youth side.

A month later, still aged just 14, the forward again stole the headlines for scoring one of the best La Masia goals of the 2012/13 campaign, showing Messi-esque footwork before producing a cool finish.

Scouts from top Premier League clubs have clearly been impressed by the gifted youngster, but is it too late for Chelsea and Liverpool to snatch him from Barcelona?

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