Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo posted a picture of Sergi Samper and Arsene Wenger on their front page few days ago and claimed that Arsenal were keen on signing the 20 year old Barcelona midfielder and were willing to pay his €12m buyout clause.
The 20 year old defensive midfielder is very highly rated and is regarded as a key part of Barcelona’s future.
The Catalan newspaper have a long standing hate towards Arsenal for buying La Masia products and snatching the best talent away, but this article was on a damper note giving the impression they didn’t really believe Arsenal were going to sign the player.
In 2011 Samper visited Arsenal’s facilities along with Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin but decided against a move to join the Gunners. However, now his father feel that was poor decision taken under the influence of agent Pere Guardiola and it seems clear that the brother of Pep may have been acting in the interests of Barcelona rather than of the young midfielder.
The story takes a twist now as, El Confidencial, another Spanish paper, shouted on Friday that Arsenal are not interested in the youngster.
Back to the family now, who have no doubt that it was not a good advice from his agent and his brother Pep Guardiola, who was in charge of the Catalan giants then, which prevented the young Spanish international from joining the London outfit.
Despite saying no transfer El Confidencial, though, claims that Samper’s father has contacted Arsenal personally to make a move for his son and wants the move to happen desperately.
It seems that, Samper and his family is pushing for a move away from Camp Nou and join the Emirates.
It remains to be seen how Arsenal reacts to this as they do not seem interested in the young regista now.
The 20 year old defensive midfielder was a part of the Barcelona squad to win the Champions League and copa del Rey last season.