Juan Quintero agent denies Arsenal transfer

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The agent of Juan Quintero has played down talks of a move to Arsenal and confirmed he will only leave Porto if a club meet his release clause.

The Colombian international has been widely linked with a move to The Gunners this week. Some reports even claimed he was on a plane to London to complete a £15.8 million deal.

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Release clause

However, Ricardo Calleri, who represents the 21-year-old, says Porto have never talked to them about selling Quintero and insists only a bid that meets his release clause will change that. His release clause is reported to be €40 million.

Porto have never talked about negotiating the sale of Juan Quintero,” Calleri told MaisFutebol.

“Of course, there are clubs interested. There is a lot of interest from clubs from Spain and England in the player.

“But in order for him to leave, a club has to pay his buy-out clause.”

High demand

Quintero has found himself in high demand since his impressive displays for Colombia at the World Cup. Arsenal are obviously interested but they could face a challenge from Louis van Gaal and Manchester United, who have been linked with a move for the player in recent days.

However, neither Van Gaal or Arsene Wenger are going to be tempted into a move if the price stands at a hefty €40 million. Quintero is highly rated but with Financial Fair Play to consider, the price would prove almost impossible to justify.

Inaccurate reports

The agent quotes will be a particular blow to Arsenal fans, who were told the youngster was on his way to the Emirates to complete a move. It would have come as no surprise to them; they have been treated to four new signings this summer as Wenger exercises Arsenal's financial might for the first time since their move to the 60,000-seater stadium.

Alexis Sanchez has been joined by Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and DAvid Ospina in what has been a highly successful window for Arsenal. However, the addition of another winger would have baffled as the Gunners already enjoy an embarrassment of riches in those positions.

Instead it is expected that Wenger will make a final move for a deep-lying midfielder. Sami Khedira has been perennially linked this summer while Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender are also on the radar.

A move to Manchester United would be similarly confusing as Van Gaal looks set to implement a highly unorthodox 3-5-2 this season. Luke Shaw looks set to fulfill duties on the left-wing while Antonio Valencia has been used on the right in pre-season.

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