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Transfer update: Five European giants are on the hunt for Rapid Vienna midfielder

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Five European giants are on the hunt for Yusuf Demir, the seventeen-year-old midfielder who plays Rapid Vienna. Reportedly, Barça is amongst the list of clubs looking forward to signing the youngster.

Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Borussia Dortmund are also in the race for him, according to ESPN.

Demir, who will turn eighteen this June, has a contract with Rapid Vienna until June 30th, 2022, which makes him a good asset to sell for the Austrian club, as he would be able to leave for a free transfer at the end of next season.

After making his first-team debut back in late 2019, the Austrian prospect has been a key piece for Dietmar Kuhbauer’s team, playing in 23 games this season. Moreover, the youngster has scored six goals only this season.

The young prospect is a left-foot midfielder who also loves to play further forward, which explains his good relationship with goals.

Sources say that the hypothetical deal for the creative midfielder could be somewhere between €5 million – €15 million. However, there is no decision made regarding his possible future as a Blaugrana, as the new board, chaired by Joan Laporta, will always have the final decision.

Although some other teams are also in the race for the player, sources believe that the Catalan club is in the pole positions for getting the prospect, as he has an admitted devotion for Barcelona’s legend, Leo Messi.

This signing would be another smart move by Barça, in their strategy to rejuvenate their squad with young talents such as Pedri (18 years old), Ansu Fati (18), Ilaix Moriba (18), Riqui Puig (21), Francisco Trincao (21) or even Ronald Araujo (22).

It is yet to be seen if this deal comes through as one of the electoral promises made by Joan Laporta and his candidacy was to give bigger support to La Masia, trying to make young players, who have been playing in younger categories of the academy system, debut for the first-team.

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