Spanish starlet shoots down Gunners interest

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Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara will not be moving to Arsenal as part of the deal that sees Cesc Fabregas return to the Nou Camp, according to the player's father.

A £50 million player-plus-cash offer for the Gunners' skipper is being touted as a potential plan from the Spanish side, with Alcantara thought to be the Barca starlet in question.

However, former Brazil international and father Mazinho insists his son has a bright future with the La Liga outfit, and will not be making a move to England to work under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

"We have seen the news in the papers, but I belive that Thiago is in the plans of Guardiola for next season," Mazinho told EFE.

"My son stays at Barcelona. They have a contract and we have decided it's continuity. Thiago is developing and needs to evolve. This season was important, but next season could be better."

Arsenal have a history of developing young players in north London, with Fabregas and Fran Merida two examples of players who have left Spain for the Emirates.


The recent arrivals of teenagers Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin show Wenger is sticking to his policy of bringing young talent to the Gunners, with a steady flow of players coming to the club from Barcelona in recent years.

Alcantara would be another name to add to the list coming across from Catalonia, but with Arsenal keen to keep hold of Fabregas and the talented Spanish U21 international midfielder not interested in a move, a switch here seems unlikely.

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