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Man Utd & Barca Want 'Austrian Messi'

Manchester United are reportedly leading the race to sign the "Austrian Lionel Messi", while FC Barcelona are also interested in securing the player's services.

Read: Messi Sets Amazing New Goalscoring Record

The two European giants are among a host of clubs who are said to be keen on 17-year-old sensation Yusuf Demir, the left-footed winger who has been compared to Messi after breaking into Rapid Vienna's first team in 2019.

The Austrian side reportedly wants to sell him after the current campaign in order to avoid losing him as a free agent when his contract expires in June 2022.

According to Defensa Central, United lead the race for his signature, while other publications also give Barca a chance.

Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Juventus are also said to be interested in his services.

Demir has scored six goals and assisted another two strikes in 24 appearances for Rapid so far this season.

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