Arsenal line up surprise move for Bojan

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Arsenal are ready to lodge a bid for Barcelona forward and one-time Liverpool target Bojan - the former-starlet who broke Lionel Messi's La Masia goal records.

Tipped for the very top at Barcelona, he broke into the first team aged 17 under then-manager Frank Rijkaard, smashing Messi's debut age record in the process.

But he fell out of favour under Pep Guardiola and never really established himself as a Nou Camp starter despite the early promise. Now reportedly available for transfer, talkSPORT report that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering a move.

Loan spells

Having dropped out of the first-team, Bojan went on loan to Roma, AC Milan and Ajax but he never really settled anywhere.

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Last season in the Eredivisie, he scored just five goals in 32 appearances and he hasn't cracked double figures for any club since the 2009-10 season at Barcelona.

Barcelona fire-sale?

Bojan is by no means the only available player from Barca this summer, with new boss Luis Enrique sanctioning a clear-out ahead of the new season. Cesc Fabregas has departed for Chelsea while Alexis Sanchez is expected to follow him to the Premier League.

Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes have left the club after illustrious careers while the likes of Alex Song, Pedro and Xavi Hernandez have all been linked with moves away.

Liverpool interest

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been linked with Bojan in the past, although the Anfield manager may look elsewhere in the transfer market. Along with Arsenal, Sanchez has also been linked with Liverpool while Xherdan Shaqiri is another to be mentioned as a Liverpool target.

Of course, Bojan may get the option to return to Spain with Deportivo La Coruna also keeping tabs on the 23-year-old although they don't possess the financial muscle to compete with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.

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