Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Barcelona Pull out of Race to Sign United Target

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Barcelona Pull out of Race to Sign United Target

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BARCELONA will not be making a move for Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka despite the Germany midfielder being out of contract in the summer, according to club scout Ariedo Braida.

The 22-year-old is rated as one of the Bundelisga's hottest prospects and has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich, Barcelona and United. Goretzka was part of the young Germany side who won the Confederations Cup last summer and the 6ft 2in midfielder has already scored four goals for Die Mannschaft this year.

And while Barcelona have scouted him, the club's international scout, Braida, believes Goretzka is not yet ready for the demands of playing at the Nou Camp.

"He is certainly a great player, but for Barcelona it is too soon," said Braida. …

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