Arsenal are weighing up a summer approach for another Barcelona player, in the form of Victor Vazquez reports The Sun.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is said to be keen on the promising youngster and believes he has all the attributes that would mean he could fit in to the Arsenal set-up without too much trouble.
The 24-year-old winger primarily plies his trade in the Barcelona B side, however he gave a good account of himself when called up to first-team duty in the Champions League, scoring in the group stage victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Vazquez is out of contract in the summer which means he is free to speak to other clubs and so could sign a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal before the two sides meet each other in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie next week.
The Spanish midfielder has scored 12 goals in 106 appearances for the Catalan second string, with one goal in 13 appearances this season – a modest return for an attack-minded player.
Vazquez believes he needs to move on in order to have any chance of regular first team football, and hopes that Arsenal will provide a platform for him to do so in the Barclays Premier League.
However, any move will likely be met with further dissatisfaction so soon after Arsenal were criticised for their alleged ‘immoral’ approach for another Nou Camp prospect Jon Toral who agreed a deal taking him to the Emirates Stadium earlier in the week.
The two clubs have been at loggerheads for some time after Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas was an alleged transfer target for his boyhood club last summer.
Speculation has since died down, but the Gunners attempts to lure another whizkid from Barcelona provoked an angry reaction from club president Sandro Rossel and added extra fuel to the fire around next week’s much-anticipated European tie.