BARCA RUMOURS RIFE
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The two links have been around for some time but Barca are now believed to be in pole position to beat off Real in the race for versatile Argentinian international Zanetti, who has been sending out conflicting messages with regard to his future at the Giuseppe Meazza..
After six seasons with Inter, the time could be right for the 27-year-old to play in Spain, and he has always expressed an admiration for La Liga.
As he is under contract until 2004, a sizeable fee will be involved if the transfer does go through.
And Inter immediately shot down the reports, stating on their official website: "Obviously the news is dismissed."
Kluivert recently stated that he would not move to Real, but rumours persist that he could head for the Spanish capital, if not this summer then when his contract expires in 2002.
The European champions are said to view the Dutch striker as an ideal candidate to wear their number nine shirt next term, with Leeds United's Mark Viduka seemingly too expensive, and Barcelona are keen to get him tied down to a new deal in order to end the concern over his future plans.