Manchester United face competition from great rivals Barcelona for Flamengo sensation Adryan.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been chasing the teen since before Christmas.

Fergie even attempted to take him to Manchester for a trial last April.

That move fell through, but Old Trafford representatives watched him again at the recent Under-17 World Cup in Mexico, and have now joined Barca in making contact with agent Rodrigo Pitta.

Pitta has confirmed talks have taken place, but warned interested parties must first agree a fee with Flamengo before more serious negotiations can begin.

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