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

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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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