Barcelona open to selling Arsenal target this summer

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Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta claims Arsenal target Victor Valdes is 'priceless' to the club, but admits the goalkeeper may leave in the summer transfer window if that is he is wish.

Valdes informed Barcelona earlier this year that he would not be extending his stay at the Camp Nou beyond the terms of his current deal, which expires in 2014, leading to reported interest from Arsenal.

Arsenal are already reported to have entered into talks with representatives of Valdes to bring him to the Emirates Stadium before August's transfer deadline, as Arsene Wenger looks to recruit a more reliable alternative to Wojciech Szczesny.

Although Barcelona are loath to allow the Spain international to leave the club, Zubizarreta claims the the newly crowned La Liga champions are willing to do whatever is best for the player after his long service - even if that means selling the 31-year-old this year.

"Valdes is a magnificent keeper, a player who is priceless to us," Zubizarreta told RAC1.

"If he wants to leave [this summer], we'll sit down with him and we'll look for the best solution."

He added: "I thought that the renewal talks with him were going well, so I have to say 'mea culpa'.

"When we made the contract offer, we were told that he didn't want to renew his deal out of a desire to compete, to go somewhere new and try a different style of football. 

"Being goalkeeper at Barca takes a lot out of you, and I think his decision is more a life choice than a professional one."

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