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No contact 'guarantee' over €30m Arsenal & United target

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Javi Garcia's agent has dismissed reports claiming the Benfica midfielder is set to leave for England.

The former Spanish U21 international, who is reported to have a €30 million release clause in his contract with the Eagles, moved to Portugal in 2009 after an unsuccessful season with Real Madrid.

His form at the Estádio da Luz has led to reported interest from across Europe though, with Portuguese reports claiming Arsenal have now joined the race for the player.

However, agent Manuel Garcia Quilon has been quick to play down talk of his client moving to the Emirates, categorically denying that the Gunners have been in contact over the player.

"The only interest from Arsenal in the player is what I have seen in the Portuguese press," said Quilon.

"I can guarantee I have not had any contact with any club about a possible departure from Benfica.

"Javi is happy at the club and he is very happy to stay in Lisbon. He is just thinking about winning the league and playing a big role in the Champions League."

TalkSPORT reports that Wenger is eager to strengthen his side in January, and has targeted Garcia as one of the player's to help Arsenal recover from the losses of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas in the summer.

However, competition is likely to be fierce for the player, with Manchester United also thought to be keen.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been heavily linked with a move for the 24-year-old in the past, and the Red Devils chief is thought to have money at his disposal in January as he looks to strengthen the Manchester United squad.

The Metro reported last month that AC Milan were also looking to challenge the Old Trafford outfit for Garcia's signature, with the player potentially adding some tenacity to the Manchester United midfield despite a high volume of players in the position.

It appears both Barclays Premier League sides will have to wait for a chance to land the player though, and Jorge Jesus is unlikely to let the player leave for either side without a fight.

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