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Player Considering Move As Arsenal Plot €12m Raid On Barcelona
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are plotting a move for Barcelona starlet Sergi Samper and the midfielder is giving serious consideration to making the move to North London.
Samper has been linked with Arsenal several times in the past and it’s believed we tried to lure him to the Emirates along with Hector Bellerin in 2011 but the youngster was convinced to stay in Spain by Pep Guardiola.
However, it looks like we’re ready to have another go at prising the midfielder away from the Nou Camp and we might just have a bit more luck this time around.
The Daily Mail claim that Arsene Wenger wants to sign the 20-year-old as cover for Francis Coquelin in the defensive midfield department and is ready to trigger his €12m (£8.5m) buy-out clause.
Barcelona are desperate to keep hold of the player but the Mail suggest that Samper is seriously considering making the move as he knows his first team chances are going to be limited at the European Champions.
Samper has been with Barca since he was 6 years old but he’s been unable to break into the first team set-up and has been forced to play for the B team, so it looks like the youngster is keen to progress his career and he may not get that opportunity with the Catalans.
The Spaniard is a classy holding midfielder who’s known for his passing and ability to sniff out danger rather than being a ‘destroyer’, so perhaps he’s more Arteta than Coquelin.
Either way, he’s got a huge future ahead of him and I think he’d be an excellent signing if we could persuade him to leave his boyhood club much in the same way we’ve done with Fabregas, Bellerin and Toral in recent years.