Man Utd Completing Standard Procedures to Sign £43m Barcelona Ace

JOSE MOURINHO is eyeing a raid on Barcelona for youngster Carles Alena.

The 18-year-old midfielder has been dubbed ‘the new Iniesta’ by coaches at the Spanish giants.

And that’s caught the attention of Manchester United boss Mourinho, the Sunday People report.

Barcelona are desperate to tie the player down to a new contract.

They want to keep him for a least another four years and include a huge £43m buyout clause.

Barca have lost a host of top talent from their academy to the Premier League – including to United when Gerard Pique moved in 2004.

The Nou Camp club had to fork out £5m to get him back in 2008 and he’s since become one of the world’s top defenders.

Arsenal also pinched the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin from their youth ranks.

They don’t want a repeat with Alena, but Mourinho may have other ideas.

United scouts are keeping an eye on the player, and they could follow up their interest with a bid.



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