Wilshere leads Barcelona wish list

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Jack Wilshere celebrates after putting Arsenal a goal to the good against Norwich City.GettyImagesJack Wilshere is the headline purchase as Barcelona look to their midfield future.

Forward-thinking Barcelona are drawing up a midfield wish list with Arsenal maestro Jack Wilshere the headline purchase. According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, the reigning La Liga champions are planning for the future as their formidable, but aging, central duo of Xavi and Andres Iniesta enters the twilight of their careers. And Wilshere, who has helped the Gunners move clear at the top of the Premier League, is the Catalan club's No. 1 target. However, the England international is not the only young starlet being watched by Barcelona officials, with Atletico Madrid player Koke and Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan also said to be high on the list.

Moving to Italy, Juventus are thought to be making a play to return unsettled Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo to the Serie A in the January window. According to the Mirror, Osvaldo, who joined Southampton in the summer, is said to be finding it hard to acclimatise to life in England and is expected to reach out to Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino to discuss his future. And that conversation could lead to a quick U-turn back to Italy with Juventus boss Antonio Conte hoping to add some firepower to his forward line.

And finally, the Daily Mail is reporting that Manchester City is heading into battle with Barcelona for the prodigious talents of 14-year-old Brahim. The teenage Malaga playmaker has been the subject of two bids from the Spanish leaders -- Barcelona even introducing Xavi, Iniesta and Lionel Messi to the youngster. But City are hot on the trail, with the club's scouts said to have been following Brahim for the past two years. And former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini is hoping that his past relationship with the Spanish club will pave the way for the junior talent to make his way to Eastlands.


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