Transfer news

English clubs eye former Barca starlet Assulin

August 1, 2010
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Spurs and Manchester City are among a host of clubs looking at Gai Assulin, a teenage sensation, who was last week released by Barcelona.

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GettyImagesAt 16, Gai Assulin became the youngest player to have ever played for Israel

Assulin has drawn extravagant comparisons with Lionel Messi from some quarters and the Israeli youngster has been monitored by clubs all over Europe, keen to harness his talent.

And after failing to break into the Barca star studied side, which, of course, includes Messi, he is looking for a chance in English football.

Assulin is managed by Israeli super agent Pini Zahavi who has big connections at clubs in the Premier League, notably Chelsea, while Manchester City have invited the 19-year-old to Eastlands for a week's trial and for talks.

But there are numerous other clubs interested in the player despite worries of a knee injury and the attacking midfielder is considering his options.

A source close to the player told Soccernet: "Nothing has been agreed just yet, we shall wait and see, but there are a few offers and interested clubs.

"Many, many players are described as the next Lionel Messi so that is not really worth discussing, but who knows, maybe he will be as he does have great skills."

Assulin made his Barcelona debut aged 16, before a knee ligament problem kept him out for an entire season.