Manchester United reportedly face a fight on their hands to keep hold of highly-rated teenager Angel Gomes. The 16-year-old midfielder has starred for the club's under-18 side this season, while he has also captained England at under-17 level, leading to much excitement among fans about his long-term potential.
However, the London-born starlet is attracting interest from Barcelona, who are tracking the youngster's rapid progression. Gomes made his debut for United's under-18s side at the age of 14 and he scored a hat-trick as a substitute against Everton in September.
Gomes - who joined United after a successful trial in 2014 - is on a scholarship deal at Old Trafford until 2018. But club officials fear he could be tempted away from United if Barcelona opt to firm up their interest, according to ESPN.
Earlier this year, Nicky Butt, the United academy chief, admitted Gomes was among the most exciting prospects at the club. "I look at the kids and they're miles better than I was at their age - technically," the United legend told The Times. "We've got some unbelievable players. Angel Gomes is a young talented player we've massive hopes for."
Gomes is a close friend of United striker Marcus Rashford, and despite his tender years, will soon hope to make the same progression as Rashford into the first team at Old Trafford. He has consistently been one of the club's better performers at under-18 level and could be promoted to the United reserve side in the coming months.