Report: FC Barcelona Target Manchester City Star

Alex Livesey

Reports in Spain suggest that FC Barcelona are preparing a move for Manchester City starlet Denis Suarez after the young midfielder's impressive performances in the Under-20 World Cup

In lieu of Denis Suarez' impressive performances for Spain in the recent Under 20 World Cup, Marca report that FC Barcelona are preparing a bid for the talented Manchester City midfielder that would see Suarez complete one season with the B team before making the step up to the Blaugrana first team. Widely regarded as one of the most promising prospects in Spanish football, Suarez made four appearances in the competition and even provided an assist in his one start against Ghana, who finished the tournament in third place.

This rumoured move appears to be similar to Barcelona's swoop for Joan Angel Roman, who was signed from City last season -- and after a relatively quiet first season with the B team, Roman has forced his way into Eusebio's first XI; he even scored for the senior team last night against Valerenga. If Suarez (voted as Manchester City's young player of the year in 2012) does join Barcelona, Marca suggest that he will be guaranteed a starting place in the Segunda Division.

Given that the B team is in desperate need of reinforcements, this could prove to be a great move for the club. In recent months and even years, some Barcelona fans have suggested that the club's scouting network is "failing" -- but signing another great talent, particularly from a Premier League powerhouse like Manchester City, is proof that the Blaugrana are still adept at picking out "future stars".

Suarez started both fixtures back in 2011 when Barca's Juvenil A side completed the "double" over Manchester City EDS in the Next Gen Series.

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