Date: 6th June 2006 at 5:53pm
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Manchester United seems to be ahead of Barcelona as the race hots up to sign Chelsea’s Icelandic international striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.

The player is considering the offer of a three-year contract with Barca, according to reports from Spain.

But The Manchester Evening News claims United are hopeful of completing a deal now they’ve settled their differences with Chelsea over the John Obi Mikel saga.

The Red Devils will receive £12million from the Premiership champions for Mikel, and are ready to hand £8million of it straight back for Gudjohnsen.