Exclusive: Arsenal in talks to sign Barcelona midfielder in cut-price January deal

Gunners working on deal to snap up Barcelona midfield ace.

Arsenal are in talks over a deal to sign highly-rated Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper in the January transfer window, possibly for as little as £8.5m.

The Gunners are known admirers of the Spanish starlet, who has long been regarded as one of the most exciting prospects at the Nou Camp, drawing comparisons with Chelsea star and ex-Arsenal and Barcelona man Cesc Fabregas.

Arsene Wenger is short of options in midfield this season, and could do with a player like Samper to come in as a long-term replacement for out-of-favour veteran Mikel Arteta.

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CaughtOffside understands that Arsenal have made contact with Samper’s agent to discuss a move, and the player is tempted by the option to move to the Emirates Stadium to improve his chances of first-team football.

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