Arsenal continue £25m Spanish chase after 'first refusal' request

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Arsenal are reportedly ready to step-up their interest in Thiago Alcantara ahead of a bid for the player.

The Sunday People claim the Gunners will continue to monitor the Barcelona midfielder in the coming weeks, before making their move for the player in either January or the summer.

The report goes on to claim Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger requested 'first refusal' on the £25 million-rated Spaniard, who made his international debut in midweek for Vicente del Bosque's side.

However, the clause as part of the Cesc Fabregas transfer to the Nou Camp was rejected, although that isn't expected to stop Arsenal from approaching Pep Guardiola once again for the player in the future.

Alcantara was linked with a move to the Emirates this summer, but rejected talk of a possible move to Arsenal and insisted he was keen to further his career in La Liga.

Also speculatively linked with a move to north London as part of a swap-deal for Fabregas, the interest of Arsenal remains strong and Alcantara could yet make a move to the club.

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