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New Mikel Arteta to Barcelona claims emerge as ‘call made’ over Arsenal boss

A fresh report from Spain has linked Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with leaving the club and taking over from Xavi Hernandez at Barcelona, with ‘contact’ even made already

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta stands as one of Barcelona’s top candidates to replace outgoing manager Xavi Hernandez, claims the latest report from Spain.

Midway through a poor season for the Catalan club – one that sees them sit third in La Liga and on course to hand their title to rivals Real Madrid, who they trail by eight points – Xavi announced his intention to depart once the schedule was complete

The 44-year-old has remained loyal to the decision whenever he has since been asked, which has left Barca chiefs scrambling to line up a suitable successor at a time when a handful of top clubs across Europe appear to be on the hunt for new leaders.

Arsenal are one club most comfortable in their position, however that would quickly change for the worse if Barcelona had their way, based on Relevo’s latest claim.

The Spanish publication has written details about the reigning La Liga champions’ desire for Arteta to lead them into a new era, much like he has done with the Gunners since 2019.

He is named as one ‘most liked’ options by both sporting director Deco and president Joan Laporta, who even ‘made a call’ about their upcoming vacant position. The attractiveness of the coach comes from his intense, attacking style of football, partnered with his track record of nurturing young players into the professional game.

That is why Arteta ‘fits the profile that the club is looking for,’ and with his contract in North London due to expire in 2025 Barcelona ‘would have to sit down and negotiate with Arsenal and reach an agreement to terminate his contract.’

As better reading for Arsenal fans, Relevo ultimately acknowledge the Gunners boss’ recent answer when asked if a move to Camp Nou would be on the cards in the near future. “That’s totally fake news. don’t know where it is coming from, and it is totally untrue,” he told reporters. “I am really upset about it. I could not believe [it]. I don’t know where it is coming from and it has no source.”

If he has no intention to answers Barca’s call, then they would be forced to turn elsewhere. The report finally names other candidates Deco and Laporta would explore, with Hansi Flick, Thomas Tuchel and Roberto De Zerbi named outright as alternatives

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