Barcelona Transfer Rumours: Arsenal on the Outside Looking in for Jeffren
Barcelona is not fond of Arsenal at this moment in time.
The negotiations over the future Cesc Fabregas have driven a wedge between the two top sides, and the bad blood has added intrigue to what has become an international rivalry.
Both sides have made pointed comments at the other, and despite reports, the Spanish side would rather allow Jeffren rot away on the bench than sell him to the Gunners.
Jeffren wants out, and plenty of teams have been interested, with Arsenal being linked to the Barca prospect.
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Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta insists he is working hard to strike a deal for all parties.
“I can assure you that the market isn’t as active as people say,” said Zubizarreta.
“We are working with his agent and we will look for the best place for him to continue his career.”
Nou Camp boss Pep Guardiola claims he is trying to buy Udinese forward Alexis Sanchez as a replacement for Jeffren and Roma-bound Bojan.
“We need a forward,” he said. “We have more players in midfield than in attack. Bojan (Krkic) and Jeffren (Suarez) both want to leave, so the attack is more important.”
Sorry, but that is never, ever going to happen.
Barcelona already hates how Arsene Wenger signs the club's young prospects before the European Champions can legally offer them a professional contract, so I don't see them rushing to get a deal done.
Sure, he could be used as a makeweight in a Fabregas transfer, but Barcelona is so far away from Arsenal's demands that it simply isn't going to happens.
Both sides are furious with the other over numerous factors, and it isn't the type of atmosphere that fosters good faith deal making.
These two teams loathe each other at the moment, and while Jeffren will head elsewhere, he won't be heading to the Emirates anytime in the foreseeable future.
There are plenty of top sides that have taken an interest in Jeffren, and that allows the club to explore those options and keep him away from Arsenal's clutches.
Maybe if Arsenal was committed to selling Fabregas, it would be different, but as we've seen in recent days, Wenger would rather jump into rush hour traffic than sell his captain.
Based on that undeniable truth, any mention of the Gunners and Jeffren from here on out is simply talk.
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