Arsenal are not interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper despite reports linking him with an £8.5million summer transfer, reports El Confidencial.
Several publications in the British media ran with the story earlier this week, claiming Arsene Wenger was ready to make a second attempt to sign the 20-year-old after previously failing to bring him to the club in 2011.
Samper was invited to Arsenal's training ground in the summer of 2011 along with Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral. Bellerin and Toral both chose to make the move, but Samper remained at the Nou Camp.
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Having so far failed to establish himself at Barcelona and having seen Bellerin emerge as a first-team regular for the Gunners, Samper is now regretting his decision and wants to make amends by offering up his services to Wenger.
However, the ship has sailed as far as the Arsenal manager is concerned and it seems the young Spaniard will have to learn to live with his decision.
Where the story came from
So if Arsenal have no interest in Samper, why were the likes of The Daily Mail claiming that Wenger was ready to meet his £8.5million buyout clause?
It appears the story may have stemmed from the player's agent, Pere Guardiola, who El Confidencial say made the original assertion that Arsenal would be willing to pay such a fee.
However, the Gunners are 100 per cent sure that they will not be signing Samper and even went to the trouble of calling officials at the Nou Camp to clarify the situation.