Arsenal & Barcelona target set for Sevilla talks

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Arsenal and Liverpool have been offered hope in their alleged pursuit of Federico Fazio after it emerged that the Barcelona target's agent is set to hold talks with Sevilla officials about his long-term future.

TalkSPORT reports how the 27-year-old defender has been heavily linked with a move away from the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán this summer, after attracting admiring glances from a host of top European clubs.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing Fazio to the Emirates Stadium, with question marks still surrounding Thomas Vermaelen's future in north London.

Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as an admirer of the Argentine stopper, and could lodge a rival bid to lure the player to Anfield when the transfer window reopens.

Barcelona were previously linked with Fazio, but Tata Martino might have to put plans to sign Fazio on hold, given the Camp Nou club's impending transfer embargo imposed by FIFA.

Fazio has an £8million buy-out clause written into his current Sevilla contract, and conscious of increasing levels of interest in their client, from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona, the player's representatives are set to meet with club president Jose Castro and sporting director Monchi before Easter.

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