Nou Camp giants want another Emirates Stadium star.
In former Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is now a top target for Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola as he looks to add more wide options to his all conquering Nou Camp side.
Guardiola is looking for new youthful targets to add to those coming through the club’s academy ranks and is said to be an admirer of the 22 year old England international who has been in consistent form for the past 18 months and beginning to fulfill his obvious potential.
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has directly commented on the possibility of a move for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale but it seems that the Welsh international’s North London counterpart is now the Catalan side’s preferred option for Guardiola.
Walcott has less than 18 months to run on his current contract and that may give the La Liga giants hope in the pursuit of the former Southampton man who may feel more inclined to consider a move away from the Emirates Stadium if Arsenal make it seven seasons without silverware come May. Indeed if the Gunners fail to cement a spot in next year’s Champions League then Arsene Wenger may become even more concerned about a possible Barcelona swoop.
Arsenal’s ambition was questioned over the summer after they allowed first team regulars Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy to leave, and compounded that claim by selling to Champions and Premier League rivals. Wenger then saw his side start the season woefully after making signings that arguably did not adequately replace the outgoing trio.
Though the North London side are now back on track with a fine run of form but still find themselves 12 points from top of the table Man City and in seventh spot in the table.
Barcelona are said to be ready to offer as much as £30m for Walcott, a big fee given the fact that the youngster is still to put pen to paper on a long term deal, and Guardiola may see the speedy wide-man as a player who can provide an injection of pace and a more direct approach. New signing Alexis Sanchez is yet to make an impact and David Villa has looked a tad off the pace thus far this season.