Man Utd Have Lost Out To Barcelona, Again!

Manchester United have lost out to Barcelona once again, this time in the pursuit of one of the England's most exciting young players, Leeds winger Elliott Kebbie. He has been long been tracked by Sir Alex Ferguson, and even spent time on trial at Old Trafford last year. However the 16-year-old winger is on the brink of a move to the European champions after turning out for the Juvenil B team and spending time at the famous La Masia training site.

The winger, who was born in Halifax, is blessed with phenomenal pace and was considered a bright sprinting prospect before choosing to focus fully on football. Kebbie was due to graduate to the scholarship programme at Leeds' famous Thorp Arch academy next season but has instead made the switch to Spain, for which the Elland Road outfit can expect a hefty fee. A statement on Leeds' official website said, "The club has retained its right to compensation should he choose to pursue a football career in Spain and sign for another club."

Last year reports suggested Manchester United had agreed a £1million compensation package with Leeds for the Kebbie's signature. Then chairman Ken Bates had also told the club's official website, "Both Manchester United and Everton came in for Elliott Kebbie. He visited Manchester United and Everton and came back and said he wants to stay at Leeds so signed on. History shows that so many of these kids get star struck by big clubs who take them on and disappear again."

Leeds received a reported £5million in compensation from Chelsea in 2006 after their recruitment of Tom Taiwo, Michael Woods, while Danny Rose went to Tottenham. Everton also paid the Yorkshire club an initial fee of £600,000, which could rise to £1.5m, for the then-England youth international captain Luke Garbutt in 2009. Should Kebbie secure his switch to the Nou Camp, it would be form of revenge for the Spaniards, who consider the 'nicking' of stars like Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique by big clubs 'immoral'.

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