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Rising star Deulofeu target for top European clubs

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Barcelona B's 18 year old starlet Gerard Deulofeu is being targeted by a host of major European clubs, with names of heavyweights like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United all in the mix.

A product of the famed La Masia academy, the winger is held in high regard by the coaching staff at the Nou Camp, and has attracted much attention in recent times, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

It is believed that the player is happy at Barcelona, and doesn't want a move away from the club, but this will not deter other clubs to bid for the exciting 18 year old. Dutch club Ajax, who are reportedly interested in securing Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa's services on a temporary basis, are also looking into the possibility of signing Deulofeu.

With so many clubs monitoring the situation, Barcelona should look to tie down the player and avoid a repeat of the scenario when they lost players like Gerard Pique (to Manchester United), Cesc Fabregas (to Arsenal) and Jordi Alba (to Valencia), but re-signed them later for significantly higher sums of money.

Playing at Barcelona since he was nine years old, Deulofeu has been tipped to become the next Lionel Messi, and with similar technique and skill as the Argentinian superstar, especially in one on one situations, he is expected to be a star for the Catalans in the future.

Deulofeu was the subject of much interest, especially with the London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea, in the last transfer window, with reports arising, that Barcelona were trying to upgrade the player's contract, which had a very affordable release clause of 3 million Euros.