Catalan giants keen on Emirates Stadium youngster.
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly keen on young Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny and may attempt to lure the Polish international to the Nou Camp as a possible challenger to long term custodian Victor Valdes.
Guardiola has reportedly been greatly impressed by the maturity and talent shown by the young Polish international and is monitoring the 21 year old’s progress ahead of a possible bid next summer. Barcelona’s current number one Valdes has barely missed a game over the past 9 seasons and the club’s number two goalie, veteran Jose Maria Pinto, has barely had a look in.
Whilst Valdes is considered one of the most consistent performers in his position in Europe, Guardiola is still keen to bring in a long term successor and a player who can keep the Spanish international on his toes.
Arsene Wenger will be keen to avoid Barcelona luring Szczesny away from North London as the former Legia youth team player has been in fine form since becoming a regular in the Gunners first team picture in January and has manfully taken over from the fumbling Manuel Almunia and inconsistent countryman Lukasz Fabianski.
Arsenal have wisely tied their young goalkeeper to a long term contract that runs until the summer of 2015 but that may not prevent Barcelona from expressing their interest in Szczesny.