Transfer: Manchester United eyeing Barcelona starlet dubbed as ‘new Andres Iniesta’


Manchester United are reportedly keeping an eye on Barcelona’s midfield prospect Carles Alena who is dubbed as the new Andres Iniesta.

The Manchester United boss has had a difficult start to life at Old Trafford, with his side struggling for consistency as they aim to close the gap on the top four in the Premier League.

As he looks to mould the squad into his own by building on the work done over the summer, Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People has reported that Jose Mourinho have been watching the 18-year-old sensation and monitoring his progress. The 18-year-old has impressed everyone with his sensational performances with the Barcelona B and recently gained a place on Luis Enrique’s first-team bench three times in La Liga this season . The midfielder was also in the squad for the La Liga clash with Malaga on Saturday.

Alena is a wonderful technician and possesses a thorough appreciation of the game. Not only good reading of the game but also the young starlet has a huge personality which has helped him to gain the U-19 Spain team’s captain armband. The youngster had also featured with Spain U-16 and U-17 squads previously.

But amidst all the speculation, Barcelona are keen to secure the future of Alena, with a new four-year deal on the table with a new contract and a buyout clause of around £43m inserted into the deal.

The 18-year-old midfielder who has been dubbed ‘the new Iniesta’ by coaches at the Spanish giants also suggested previously that Andres Iniesta is, for him, the best Barcelona player and he wants to be like him while speaking to in an interview.

“Iniesta is my idol, he’s spectacular, he’s the best player Barcelona has. He makes the difference,” said Alena.

There’s still a lot of developing for the teenager to do but the Red Devils would be delighted if they can convince him to make the switch to Old Trafford.


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