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Barcelona ahead of Chelsea, Arsenal in race to sign 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder – report

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According to a report from 90min, Barcelona are leading the race to sign 18-year-old Corinthians midfielder Gabriel Moscardo. The Brazilian is one of the most sought-after young defensive midfielders in the world.

Barça, on the hunt for a new defensive midfielder, are looking for a player that fits the profile of a Sergio Busquets-esque player.

However, restricted by financial constraints, the blaugranes cannot afford to shell out big money on the top players in that position, like Rodri or Joshua Kimmich.

Barcelona are huge admirers of Moscardo and are pushing hard to convince him and his entourage to join the club in the summer of 2024. And as things stand, the teenager is leaning towards their offer over the competition.

Chelsea, Arsenal in race

Chelsea were highly interested in signing Moscardo in the summer of 2023, and had already sent an offer, which was confirmed by the player himself.

“There was a proposal from Chelsea months ago, but I talk a lot with my agent and my parents and they try to give me as little information as possible,” he said.

“They say there is not a long until the end of the season, and tell me to dedicate myself to do well, and that at the end of the season, there will be good things.”

Arsenal are also interested in signing Moscardo, but are well behind both Chelsea and Barcelona as things stand.

Barcelona considering January transfer for a midfielder

Previous reports have stated that Barcelona are particularly worried about two positions in their team so far this season. One is obviously the pivot, where Oriol Romeu has not been convincing enough, and other is centre-forward.

As such, internal debates at the club have begun about which position to reinforce in the winter, if they can squeeze space in their wage bill.

Moscardo could be one of the players they consider for the role, especially if they can find a way to delay the permanent transfer of his services.

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