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.

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