Manchester United’s youth player Angel Gomes is a surprise target for Catalan giants Barcelona, who are watching the 16-year-old’s performances stringently according to The Daily Mail.

The Camp Nou outfit have one of the most prestigious youth academies in world football, with La Masia acknowledged as a hub for creating top-class professionals.

The latest report suggests that Barcelona want to add Gomes to their ranks, following exceptional performances at age-grade level for United and England.

The attacking midfielder is regarded as one of the most-promising youth players coming through the ranks at Old Trafford and features for the Red Devils’ under-18 side.

Despite only being 16, Gomes captains the England under-17 side and has stood out on the international scene also.

The teenager has a contract with the Premier League club until 2018 but the La Liga outfit are believed to be watching him closely.

In the most recent interchange of players from these two European giants, United took Gerard Pique from the Barcelona youth ranks in 2004 before selling him back to the Catalans in 2008.

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