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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 August, 2003, 09:45 GMT 10:45 UK
Man Utd move for Puyol
Barcelona's Spanish international defender Carles Puyol
Puyol says he is happy at Barcelona

Barcelona have confirmed that Manchester United have enquired about the possibility of signing defender Carles Puyol.

The Catalan club said no official bid had been received for the player and stressed that they did not want to sell the 25-year-old.

However, Barca press secretary Juanho Castillo said they would consider offers for any of their squad as they bid to reduce debts of about 116m.

"There is no deal," said Castillo. "United are interested in the player but we are not interested in selling him.

"However we will always listen to any offers that are made. No-one at the club wants him to go but everyone is available if the offer is good enough.

"No offer has been made, just an enquiry so we will have to wait to see what happens now."

Puyol has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the Catalan club for 14m and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to increase his defensive cover, with only six senior players at his disposal.

With Gary Neville and Wes Brown injured, Ferguson is even more stretched and has also been linked with a move for Ajax full-back Hatem Trabelsi.

Puyol said last week that he would move if it helped ease his club's financial problems.

He told Barcelona's official website: "United are one of the best clubs in the world and any footballer would be happy to play there.

"If it's for the good of the club I'll help out, but I'm happy here and this is home for me."

Puyol and the rest of the Barcelona squad are in Manchester this weekend to play United's rivals City in the inaugural match in the City of Manchester Stadium.





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