Manchester City and Barcelona are fighting to sign teenage superstar Brahim Abdelkader Dia, who has been dubbed as the new Lionel Messi, from one of Manuel Pellegrini’s former clubs, Malaga, according to the Daily Mail.
The Catalonian club have had two offers rejected by Malaga for the 14-year-old, which includes a £2.5million bid last year, and in order to encourage the youngster to join the Spanish champions, Brahim, as he is known, even met up with the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi as the three superstars tried their best to persuade Brahim’s parents to move to the Nou Camp.
Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino has stated that if the teenager were to sign for the Spanish champions, then he could be in the first team by the age of 16, but despite Barcelona’s heavy interest for the teenage wonder kid, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is well aware of the talent the youngster has, and the Chilean is determined to bring the youngster to the Etihad.
Brahim’s agent is Pere Guardiola, brother of former Barcelona and current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola. He is set to talk with representatives from both Manchester City and Barcelona over a possible transfer for the 14-year-old in the coming weeks.