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Barcelona working to renew 16-year-old midfield whizkid amid Arsenal interest



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Pau Cubarsi and Lamine Yamal’s rapid rise to prominence has just shown the amount of talent that Barcelona possesses in their youth ranks. And, there are several other youngsters more than equipped to make an impression in professional football.

One of them is Marc Bernal. Aged only 16, the midfielder has made waves in the youth competitions this season with his performances.

He is already a key player for Barça Atletic and is rated highly by Rafa Marquez. Barcelona, in fact, counts on him to make a big impression in senior football in the future.

Barcelona working on a renewal with Bernal

Keeping in mind his immense potential, Barcelona have already kickstarted the efforts to tie Marc Bernal down to a new contract.

That is according to ESPN, which suggests that both parties are exploring the possibility of a renewal that will seal the player’s long-term future in Catalonia.

Bernal’s current deal at the club expires in 2026. But Barcelona are ready to keep him for longer, primarily to fend off interest from other top clubs across Europe.

Arsenal, Leverkusen interested in Bernal

Marc Bernal’s astonishing performances for Barça Atletic have not gone unnoticed. And as mentioned earlier, there are several European clubs keen on acquiring his services.

As per the report, Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus have even made proposals for the young defensive midfielder this summer.

However, their attempts were rebuffed by Barcelona, who have no desire to offload their youth prodigy anytime soon.

Bernal, for his part, looks keen on continuing his development at the Catalan outfit. The youngster has shown a lot of patience as well and is in no hurry to gain a first-team spot.

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