According to the Daily Star, Arsene Wenger is looking to nab four Barcelona youngsters in January or next summer, with a number of star catalans rumoured for exits.
Chelsea’s manager Andre Villas-Boas is eager to do battle with Wenger in attempt to land either one of Sergio Roberto, 19, Martin Montoya, 20, Marc Bartra, 20, and Rafa Alcantara, 18, although Arsenal will head the queue after positive relations between the clubs from the Fabregas saga.
Wenger has reportedly had scouts watching Brazilian-born midfielder Alcantara (brother of Thiago) and right-back Montoya for the past 18 months and is keen to acquire some more fresh young talent with the supposed exits of Sebastien Squillaci, Bendtner and Chamakh inevitable.
Montoya’s contract with the current Champions League champions ends in the summer and his agent Jose Maria Orobitg says the player is keen to discuss a move to England, however has refused to rule out the possibility of remaining in Spain.
In January we could talk with other teams – and I say could because we are still talking about renewing a deal with Barca.
The most interesting player to Wenger would be talented right back Montoya who has already made the step up to the Barcelona first team and is a regular in the Spanish U21 side. Rafa Alcantara who is the younger brother of starlet Thiago, is an attacking minded midfielder and could be of interest also if he possess similar talent to his sibling.
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The major problem with signing some of the younger Barcelona players is that they may develop into fantastic players and head back to the Nou camp once they are established stars and when Arsenal really need them. Such as that happened with Fabregas, and it is a situation that does not overly benefit the Gunners in the long term. However a young talented right back will be useful to challenge Jenkinson.