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Barcelona have joined Arsenal in the chase for highly-rated Omar Abdulrahman
Ben Jefferson of The Express is reporting that Barcelona have joined Arsenal and Manchester City in the chase for Al Ain's Omar Abdulrahman.
The 21-year-old plies his trade in the UAE and his coach Mohammed Obeid has confirmed that several bids have been received for his players' services.
Abdulrahman came to prominence after impressing in the 2012 London Olympics for the UAE.
His performances earned him a two-week trial at Manchester City and only work permit issues appeared to scupper a four-year contract for the player at the time.
City's Brian Marwood said of Abdulrahman:
We continue to monitor him, we keep in touch with him, we are aware of how he’s developing.
He’s come back [to the UAE] and done very well and is a real talent.
Technically, he is very, very good so he has those components, those ingredients.
Obviously, it’s a much more physical game but he’s still young, he can develop those aspects of his performance.
A year further forward and after winning the Gulf Cup and earning the tournament MVP award in the process, Arsenal and Barcelona are now ready to battle Manchester City for the highly-rated player's signature.