Arsenal are keen on bringing Sergi Samper to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona this summer and have reportedly lodged an £8.5m bid for the 20-year-old Spaniard.

However, the Gunners face competition from Porto who want to take him on loan.

Wenger had planned to spend big this summer on a holding midfielder but the emergence of Francis Coquelin last season means he can buy a raw talent rather than a finished product.

Meanwhile, relegation of Barca B team to the third tier of Spanish football last season has offered Wenger fresh hopes of signing Samper.

The youngster believes staying in the club’s second string will mean a waste of time and potential and he has had his chances in Luis Enrique’s senior team monopolised by Sergi Busquets.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.