Report: Manchester City, Barcelona to battle for Brahim Abdelkader

Report: City, Barcelona to battle for Abdelkader
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A report claims that Manchester City will battle Barcelona for highly-rated Malaga attacker Brahim Abdelkader.

Manchester City are reportedly prepared to battle Barcelona for the signature of highly-rated Malaga attacker Brahim Abdelkader.

The 14-year-old, who has been compared to Lionel Messi, is widely regarded as one of the best young attacking talents in world football.

Barcelona are believed to have offered £2.5m for his services, but according to the Daily Mail, City are also monitoring proceedings with a view to making a January offer.

Abdelkader has the same agent as Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his team's first goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on October 5, 2013
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