Arsenal and Barca in fight for 'new Bergkamp'

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Barcelona have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Ajax youngster Christian Eriksen.

Reported as a target of Arsene Wenger last week on GiveMeFootball, Arsenal were informed about the talents of Eriksen by legendary forward Dennis Bergkamp.

The talented 18-year-old is in the mould of the Dutch Master himself, and is making a big name for himself in the Eredivisie after just five appearances for the Godenzonen.

Winner of the Danish U17 Talent of the Year back in 2008, Eriksen has worked his way through the U17, U18 and U19 teams, and has been rewarded with a senior call up for the national team ahead of their friendly with Austria tonight.

Ajax boss Martin Jol delivered a glowing reference of his starlet only a week ago, and it's now being reported in Spanish paper Sport that Pep Guardiola is tracking the Dane.

The Catalans boss sent scouts to watch Eriksen in their Europa League clash with Juventus last week, and the La Liga giants are thought to be impressed by an undoubted natural talent.

With comparisons already being drawn between Eriksen and Wesley Sneijder, as well as Danish greats Michael and Brian Laudrup, their are great expectations for the youngster.

"We want Christian to stay in Amsterdam for several more years. It all depends on what the player himself wants though,” said Jol, suggesting that the Dutch side might not be able to keep hold of the youngster if he wants to move to a 'bigger' club.

A new contract is expected to be offered in the next couple of weeks, but this could do little to deter potential suitors as Eriksen's stock continues to rise in the european game.

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