Arsenal are lining up a £9.6 million January deal for highly rated Barcelona youngster Sergi Samper, according to reports in Spain.
The 19-year-old is a deep lying midfield player in the same mould as a young Cesc Fabregas and Wenger is looking at the possibility of acquiring the highly rated Spaniard in January.
Samper was promoted to Barcelona B last summer and went on to impress with Barcelona’s second string, making 40 appearances in the Segunda division in Spain.
He has been tipped with a move to England in the past but with the young midfielder set to be twenty years old in January it could be time to move away from the Camp Nou to secure first team football.
Samper was one of the most impressive players for Barcelona B last season, completing more successful passes in the Segunda Division than any other player.
The 19-year-old has looked a class act for Barcelona B. He is calm and composed on the ball, while also displaying vision and skill. Standing at six foot tall, and with La Masia schooling, Samper would be perfectly suited to Arsenal’s slick passing game.
Arsene Wenger is still looking to add a central midfielder and moves for the more high profile names such as Sami Khedira and William Carvalho had been speculated.
However, Wenger has always had an eye on purchasing young talent and developing the young players into fully fledged first-teamers as seen with Cesc Fabregas and now Yaya Sanogo.
Any potential Samper move to England would likely see the Spaniard on higher wages than with Barcelona B, and while the prospect has been touted as one that could break into the Barcelona first team, they have a number of options in midfield following the signing of Ivan Rakitic and academy graduate Rafa Alcantara coming back on loan.
It looks like Wenger is looking to Spain to add some quality to his midfield and a January move for Sergi Samper could be on the cards.
Check out his performances for Barcelona B here:
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.
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