Liverpool facing 'heart attack' Barca battle for €10m Arsenal target

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Liverpool and Arsenal defender target Emilio Izaguirre would love a move to Barcelona, according to the player's representative.

The Celtic full back is thought to be on the radar of a number of clubs across Europe, with Liverpool one of the clubs to send scouts to run the rule over the player last month.

Arsenal have also sent representatives to Park Head to monitor the situation, with the player's valuation almost doubling in a month as the interest grows in the Honduran international.

Barcelona have now also taken an interest in the player, according to reports, and player representative Hector Zelaya was more than excited over a potential move to the Nou Camp.

"Emilio would fit perfectly in the Spanish league because of his ability with the ball. I think Pep Guardiola would LOVE him because the way he goes forward," he told the Scottish Sun.

"The way Barca play would suit Emilio as Guardiola likes to see the full-backs running forward to attack. Emilio is also a massive Barca fan like me. To be honest, I'd have a HEART ATTACK if he joined Barca!"

The news will come as a disappointment to English suitors, particularly Liverpool, who were being linked with a move for the player as a replacement to Paul Konchesky at Anfield.

Kenny Dalglish has hinted at a number of changes on Merseyside in the summer, with the defence thought to be an area of priority for the Liverpool boss.

NESV, the club's owners, proved that they are willing to back the manager financially but it appears that the value would be irrelevant were Liverpool trumped by the La Liga giants.


Arsenal were also thought to be keen on the player as a left back replacement, with Gael Clichy speculatively linked with an Emirates exit in the summer.

Arsene Wenger has been looking to strengthen his thread-bare Gunners defence for some time now, but the Arsenal boss has had no joy in recent month.

Izaguirre appears to be another who could slip through the net of the Frenchman, and would be another blow dealt by Barca to Arsenal should the 24-year-old move to the Catalan club.

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