Manchester City and Juventus, two of the most aggressive recruiters of quality young talent in Europe, have both made formal offers to pay the release clause of Barcelona B forward Alejandro Marqués, according to SOLOVENEX.
#Venex | ¡LO QUIEREN! 🚨 #ManchesterCity 🇬🇬 y #Juventus 🇮🇹 hicieron una oferta formal por Alejandro Marqués. Ambos clubes ofrecieron pagar la cláusula de rescisión del prodigioso artillero caraqueño de 17 años, quien por ahora prefiere seguir jugando en el #FCBarcelona 🇪🇸. pic.twitter.com/itUzKFv1yD
— SOLOVENEX 🇻🇪🌎 (@SOLOVENEX) July 24, 2018
For now though, despite offers arriving from Manchester and Turin, Marqués has chosen to remain at Barcelona, unlike several La Masia talents such as Eric Garcia – who has been shining in City’s pre-season games – and newcomer Adrià Bernabé.
Unlike those two, Marqués is not Spanish by birth, having been born in Venezuela, which makes him eligible for two national teams. He moved to Spain at a very young age, and like Bernabé was previously at Espanyol’s academy before Barcelona snapped him up.
The 17-year-old scored 4 goals in just 76 minutes (5 appearances) in last season’s UEFA Youth League, clearly catching the eye of talent-spotters from the likes of City and Juventus. He also appeared five times in Spain’s second division for Barcelona’s second team after making his way up through the youth ranks.
Marqués made his Barcelona B debut on 17 March this year, coming on as a second-half substitute for Marcus McGuane in a 1–1 away draw against Lorca FC.
Despite his preference to remain at Barcelona for now, City and Juventus will no doubt continue to monitor him ahead of possibly trying again in future.
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