Xavi aware of United interest

Barcelona schemer Xavi has confirmed Manchester United's interest in him.

Barcelona schemer Xavi has confirmed Manchester United's interest in him and has even acknowledged the possibility of a potential swap deal between the two clubs involving Cristiano Ronaldo.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a firm admirer of the Barca playmaker who is one of the most gifted and consistent midfielders in Spanish football.

Ferguson has made little secret of his desire to strengthen his midfield stable with Owen Hargreaves recognised as his primary target.

However, with Bayern Munich doing everything in their powers to complicate a deal for Hargreaves, United appear to have explored other avenues.

Xavi, who turned 27 this week, insists the Premiership giants have made tentative enquiries to his agent, but claims there have not been any official talks between the two clubs.

"It's certain that they (Manchester United) have contacted my agent Ivan Corretja, but I have a contract with Barcelona and if United want something to happen they would have to get in contact with my club," he told Barca TV.

"In England there are rumours about a possible swap involving Ronaldo and me, but I don't know what has been said between the clubs."

Barca, along with arch rivals Real Madrid, are known to be monitoring the progress of Ronaldo and Camp Nou supremo Frank Rijkaard publicly confirmed his liking for the Portuguese international on Wednesday.

Although Ferguson has made it clear he has no intention of entertaining offers for his skilful young winger, the possibility of securing Xavi in part exchange could prove tempting if his hand is forced by Ronaldo and his agent in the future.

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