Although it is only at the very early stage, Barclays is considering acquiring ABN Amro, a person familiar with the talks tells Bloomberg, while The Wall Street Journal says a number of companies, including BNP Paribas and Societe Generale, are looking into acquiring ABN Amro.

Barclays is considering a bid of $80 billion, says Jean-Pierre Lambert, an analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

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