Ravel Morrison
Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison is a special talent, but is he worth £30,000 a week? REUTERS

According to skysports.com Barcelona are monitoring the current situation regarding Manchester United sensation Ravel Morrison.

The prodigiously gifted 18-year-old is one of the finest and most gifted young players to emerge through Manchester United's youth academy since the famed generation of David Beckham and Paul Scholes.

The attacking midfielder is out of contract in the summer and Manchester United have reportedly been reluctant to reward Morrison's obvious pedigree at this juncture due his unsavoury and at times very controversial off-field problems.

Early last year the Wythenshawe born starlet was given a 12-month referral order after admitting to two counts of witness intimidation, and there is a feeling inside Old Trafford that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants to ensure Morrison has put his well-documented problems to one side prior to extending his deal at the Red Devils.

The aforementioned source claims the current hiatus between Manchester United and Morrison has alerted European champions Barcelona ahead of a possible move in the summer.

The La Liga giants could land Morrison for a nominal fee, with Manchester United being entitled to a development costs sum in the region of £300,000 because the midfielder is under the age of 24.

Manchester United are patently keen to retain their troublesome star and at this juncture there is no suggestion Morrison will not commit to a new deal. The youngster is believed to be frustrated over a lack of first team opportunities, having made just two first team appearances this season in the Carling Cup, but he is understood to be appreciative of the protection and loyalty United have shown him during his fledgling career to date.

Morrison's teammate Paul Pogba is also currently trying to negotiate his stay at Manchester United but thus far the precocious Frenchman's contract also remains unsigned.

Last month Pogba's agent refused to clarify the midfielder's much discussed future at Manchester United, when the IBTimes UK spoke with the former Le Havre starlet's representative.