Arsenal and Manchester United Poised To Swoop For Barca Starlet

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Arsenal and Manchester United were among the clubs watching 22-year-old José Arnáiz’s debut for FC Barcelona with interest, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Ernesto Valverde sung his debutant’s praises afterwards, claiming “he has taken the first step and can help us in the future”. However, his goalscoring performance in Murcia didn’t go unnoticed with the Premier League giants and Bayern Munich all watching.

Signed from Real Valladolid in the summer, Arnáiz linked up with the Barcelona ‘B’ squad scoring 4 goals in his 8 games this season. Grabbing the final goal in a 3 – 0 win on your debut for the senior side is not going to do his chances of a promotion in the future.

The Spanish paper claims there is currently €20m release clause in his contract which increases to €40m when he joins the first team squad on a permanent basis. Before joining Barca, Napoli and Juventus, as well as Atletico Madrid, made offers for Arnáiz.

The trio of European giants have contacted his agent, with the two English clubs keen to impress upon Rene Ramos that his client’s style is ideally suited to the Premier League. Bayern in contrast see him as a replacement for 34-year-old Franck Ribery. The former France international is set to leave the Allianz Arena in June 2018 when his contract retires.