Barcelona starlet Sergi Samper would gladly accept a move to Arsenal if given the chance, according to reports in the media (via the Metro). The 20-year-old defensive midfielder has struggled to secure any playing time at the Nou Camp and is apparently looking for any move that would give him the chance to play on a regular basis.
A product of the Barcelona youth system, Samper first rose to prominence in 2013 after having a quality season for the Barcelona B side. He was a regular starter and his performances continued into the next season as well, eventually earning him a call-up to the senior side. He was mostly kept on the bench however, and only featured four times for the Blaugrana, all of those appearances coming in Cup competitions. At the start of this season he was again demoted to the B side, and has only featured for the main team as a substitute in the Champions League (via Soccerway).
With the level of competition at the Nou Camp being what it is, Samper believes that it would be best for his career if he were to secure a move away from Barcelona. And according to the Metro, the youngster is keen to follow in the footsteps of Masia graduates like Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin, making the move to North London.
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Should manager Arsene Wenger choose to pursue the player, he will have to meet a reported release clause of £8.5m on the player’s contract (via the Metro). Should the Gunners be willing to pay the price, Samper could find himself heading to the Emirates as early as January.