Dubbed the ‘New Iniesta’, young Carles Alena is in the pick of things in his early footballing days without even stepping into the global football arena.
This shows the talent of the La Masia sensation who is currently in talks to sign a new deal at the Nou Camp. However, as per reports from The Sun, Manchester United have emerged as a surprise club eager to take away Alena and turn him into a Red Devil at such a young age.
Mourinho plans on getting the player to come to England and further pursue his footballing dream at the Theatre of Dreams. The 18-year-old is the highest rated talent in Barcelona’s esteem La Masia Academy.
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The ‘New Iniesta’ is currently negotiating terms with Barcelona to sign a 4-year deal to stay at the Nou Camp, which will comprise of a release clause worthy of £34million.
Mourinho has had Alena in his sights since a long time, and with the backing of his club and the funds at his disposal, he might just lure Alena to come to Old Trafford for a fraction of his buyout clause price.
History has it that Hector Bellerin, Gerard Pique, and Cesc Fabregas have all previously exited the Spanish La Liga giants for Premier League clubs in their teen years, and Mourinho will be hoping for the same trend to continue.
Alena’s current contract expires this season, and United will have to make a quick move to take him away before he pens a new deal for the La Liga side.
The Spain Under-19s captain has been a regular for Barcelona B in the Spanish third tier this season.
After being named on the bench by Enrique during the weekend clash in Messi’s absence, Alena is likely to feature in Barcelona’s Copa Del Rey fixture against Hercules, and United Scouts will certainly be present there to see their possible next star in action.