Barcelona hope to tie up deal for TWO Arsenal midfielders

Unless you have been living on a different planet for the last few weeks, you will know that Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer.

Given their interest in the Spaniard over the last few years, it is rather old and generally expected news that they are in for him again.

However, it is been reported that Fabregas isn’t the only Arsenal player the Champions League Champions are targeting.

While Arsenal have received a new £34m bid from Barcelona for Fabregas, they have been shocked with the news that Pep Guardiola wants to sign Samir Nasri as well.

The Spanish club are thought to be preparing a £20m bid for the Frenchman, an offer Arsenal might find hard to turn down for a player in the final year of his contract.

Perhaps the most interesting revelation of this double swoop is that Barcelona are hoping to have it all tied up this week. They want their two new recruits at the club before pre-season training begins.

Arsenal find themselves in a difficult position here. They may be happy to finally cave in and sell Fabregas for a significant fee, but surely they don’t want to lose fellow midfielder Nasri at the same time? Especially to the same club.

Much might depend on Nasri’s content with life at the Emirates. If he is happy to stay, Arsenal should reject all offers and make him one of their main men in midfield.

The French international has often excelled when Fabregas has been injured, so he can continue this on a permanent basis alongside Jake Wilshere in midfield.

However, should Nasri want to leave or should Arsene Wenger doubt his commitment, Arsenal would presumably rather sell to Barcelona than Premier League rivals Manchester United who have also expressed an interest.

Overall, this is going to be a fascinating week or so for Arsenal’s transfer dealings. Keep right here for the latest.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.