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Arsenal defender target in Barca exit 'risk'

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Arsenal summer target Eric Abidal is fearing a Barcelona exit this summer, according to the player's agent.

Spanish reports claimed in July that the La Liga champions were aware of the Gunners' interest in the player, and looked to off-load the French international to the Emirates as part of a possible Cesc Fabregas deal.

Whilst the former Arsenal club captain made the move to the Nou Camp for cash only, Abidal's future in Catalonia remains a doubt, with agent David Venditelli admitting an agreement is yet to be reached between the two parties over a new contract.

"We have very good relations with Barcelona, but we have not yet found the solution to extend the contract," agent David Venditelli told COM Radio.

"The truth is that, as time goes by, the risk of Abidal leaving Barcelona next year gets higher."

Arsene Wenger drafted in Andre Santos during the summer transfer window following Gael Clichy's exit from north London, but the Brazilian has looked vulnerable defensively for Arsenal whilst adding an additional attacking threat for the side.

Abidal, who has three Ligue 1, three La Liga and three Champions League trophies to his name, would bring a proven pedigree to Arsenal, and is also expected to be available for a cut-price fee in January if a new deal can't be agreed.

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