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Ajax's Nicolai Boilesen attracts Barcelona interest - report

Young defender Nicolai Boilesen has attracted the interest of Spanish champions Barcelona with his good performances for Ajax and Denmark under-21's in the past two months, Danish publication Sporten reports.

The Catalans are scouting a number of young players with an eye on the future and have now added the 19-year-old to their shortlist, as they see the left-back as a potential replacement for Eric Abidal in the long term.

Boilesen is a product of the Brondby youth academy and moved to Ajax in January 2010. He made his official debut for the Amsterdam giants in the 3-0 win over Heracles in April 2011 and has so far made six Eredivisie appearances for Ajax.

The starlet, who is currently starring at the European Under-21 Championship in his native country, has a contract until the summer of 2013, but Ajax are expected to offer him a new and improved deal in the near future to ward off interest from the Primera Division giants.

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