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United and Arsenal to fight it out for Atlanta United forward Ezequiel Barco

Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in the signature of MLS wonderkid Ezequiel Barco. (h/t Daily Star)

The 21-year-old winger, who plays for Atalanta United, has impressed since his move to the MLS from Independiente in 2018. Barco has made 59 appearances for Atalanta and has scored 9 goals and 9 assists. (h/t Whoscored)

He won the 2017 Copa Sudamericana with Independiente and scored in the second leg of the final through a penalty as the Argententians prevailed 3-2 over Flamengo.

Both Manchester United and Arsenal need midfield reinforcements in the January transfer window and Barco would be a good signing for either club.

Ezequiel Barco

United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer needs additions in the midfield with Paul Pogba and Scott Mctominay out injured. United also sold both Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera in the summer and failed to replace them. Barco can score and assist and  be the creative spark that we need.

The 21-year-old has represented the Argentinian Under-20s, 9 times and has scored 2 goals. (h/t Whoscored)

Atlanta value Barco at around £19m, which would be a snip in today’s market.

With the likes of  Inter Milan, Sporting Lison and AS Roma also interested in the player, United must move quickly to secure him if we want to avoid a bidding war.

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With the player’s contract running till 2022, Atalanta hold the aces in any negotiations

Barco’s impressive form has seen him be selected for the MLS all-star teams in 2018 and 2019.