Barcelona and Manchester United will battle it out for the signature of Real Betis youngster Alvaro Vadillo, according to Sport.
The Catalans are understood to have stepped up their interest in the midfielder, who turned 18 this week, and have recently had him watched when playing for the Spain Under-20 side.
Vadillo has a €3m rescission clause built into his contract but is just one game away from seeing this rise to €20m, meaning boss Pepe Mel may be forced to select him for this weekend’s game at the Nuevo Jose Zorrilla against Real Valladolid.
Having shot to prominence during the last year’s pre-season preparations, Mel gave Vadillo his debut on the opening day but in an away game against Real Madrid he suffered a knee injury that kept him out until the latter stages of the 2011-12 campaign.
Since then, sources at the club believe he has not been the same player and is still feeling his way back to full fitness.
Hence, Betis might look more favourably upon a bid from one of the European giants than they would have done 12 months ago, with Real Madrid and Milan also having shown interest.