Let that be an end to it…
Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has denied the club have held talks with Arsenal over striker Robin van Persie.
Reports suggested the Spanish giants had spoken with the Gunners with a view to landing Van Persie in the summer.
“Nothing exists with RVP,” explained Bartomeu after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.
“It’s rumours that appear in the papers. We’ve not contacted Arsenal, nor his agent.
“Our focus is now on the Liga and Copa del Rey.
“It’s necessary to be focused on the task at hand and not be distracted by the transfer market.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
So that should nip Barcelona’s interest in Robin Van Persie in the bud, or will it? Clearly there will be many interested parties vying for the Dutchman in the summer and the longer his contract negotiations run and run the more likely speculation will increase about the Arsenal skipper’s future at the North London club.
Barcelona have also stated that they are not readying a bid for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, however if Pep Guardiola doesn’t manage to overhaul Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title, or indeed fail to retain their Champions League crown then talk of new additions will increase dramatically.
Some appear to believe that the Nou Camp side see Van Persie as a replacement for David Villa, who has been a moderate success since his move to the Catalan side from Valencia.