Barcelona chief plays down interest in Arsenal’s Robin van Persie

Barcelona spokesman Toni Freixa insists the Catalan club have "no intention" of signing Robin van Persie from Arsenal

By Marta Campderrós
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Reports have linked Robin van Persie with a move to Pep Guardiola's Barcelona Photo: The Sport Review

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Barcelona have “no intention” of attempting to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal, according to club spokesman Toni Freixa.

Speculation over the 28-year-old striker’s future has been rife, with the prolific Dutchman’s Gunners contract set to expire at the end of next season.

Van Persie fuelled rumours of a possible move to Barcelona when he visited the hotel the Catalan club were staying at in London ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Chelsea last week.

But the Dutchman, who was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the year on Tuesday, insisted he was simply visiting his international team-mate Ibrahim Afellay.

And Barcelona board of directors spokesman Freixa has played down Van Persie’s visit and insists reports linking the striker with a move to Camp Nou are unfounded.

“For Barça, any good player is of interest – and Van Persie is a great player. But [we have] no intention of signing him for now,” Freixa told The Sport Review.

“He came to our hotel in London because he is Dutch and so is Ibrahim Afellay. They had a coffee together. He didn’t come to see us and there was no conversation.”

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