United to win Pique race
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United have won the race to sign Barcelona youngster Gerard Pique, according to sources in Spain.
The stylish young centre back with the famous surname, his full name is Gerard Pique Bernabeu, has been deliberating over his future with Arsenal and Chelsea also determined to find a new home for one of Spain's brightest defensive prospects.
The teenager is also comfortable in a left back position and could be a star of the future at Old Trafford.
His grandfather Amador Bernabeu was keen to see the Under-17 international make his mark at Camp Nou but negotiations did not progress well over a new contract and United have taken advantage.
No fee has been mentioned but it is understood that Pique is to sign a five-year contract with Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
Arsenal had been alerted to his availability by their own Spanish starlet, Cesc Fabregas, while Chelsea reportedly attempted to hijack the deal at a late stage.