Barca enter Jansen race
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Catalan giants Barcelona are the latest club to be linked with Marcell Jansen.
Catalan giants Barcelona are the latest club to be linked with German sensation Marcell Jansen, who looks set to leave relegation-doomed Borussia Monchengladbach this summer.
The 21-year-old has been the star of an otherwise frustrating season for bottom-placed Monchengladbach and, after Bayern Munich appeared as initial favourites to win his signature, the race looks wide open now.
"Barca signalled that they are interested," Jansen's adviser Gerd Vom Bruch told Kicker, but the agent insisted that his client is not ready to start negotiations before The Foals' fate this season is decided.
"It is a matter of fact that we are not talking to any club representatives at the moment," claimed Vom Bruch.
Jansen, who prefers to star at left-back, but also excels in midfield and even up front, made his Bundesliga debut two years ago and after progressing from the Under 21s has since established himself as a regular contender in Joachim Low's national team.
He is tied to Borussia-Park until 2009, but the five-time German champions, who turned down interest from Real Madrid last summer, have already suggested that they are willing to listen to any offers starting at é¼10million (£6.8million) should they fail to avoid the drop down to Bundesliga Zwei.