Barcelona will pursue an Arsenal player if they fail to secure a 69,000-a-week Tottenham target, according to a journalist

Barcelona will pursue an Arsenal player if they fail to secure a 69,000-a-week Tottenham target, acc ...

If Barcelona fail to sign Tottenham target Jules Kounde, according to Gerard Romero, the club will pursue Arsenal's William Saliba.

This is a story that should both interest Mikel Arteta and Antonio Conte.

According to some sources, Spurs were in the race to sign Kounde.

Although, it remains to be seen whether or not the Spanish giants will be able to afford to sign Kounde, with Chelsea willing to spend 55 million for the 23-year-old.

If Thomas Tuchel or Conte manage to keep the 69,000-a-week striker away from Xavis' clutches, it will certainly affect Arsenal and Saliba.

Romero believes the 27-year-old defender, who has just returned from a loan spell at Marseille, is on Barcelona's shortlist of alternatives to Kounde.

Milan Skriniar, Josko Gvardiol, Inigo Martinez, and Roger Ibanez are all on Xavis' radar.

Saliba has yet to make a competitive appearance for Arsenal, having spent time on loan at Saint-Etienne, OGC Nice, and Marseille since Unai Emery brought him to north London.

There is no way Arteta would allow Saliba to leave the Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis, according to our opinion.

Arsenal have just spent the last three years assisting the 21-year-old to develop into a better player, with Arteta recently claiming that the French international has improved during his loan spell.

We cannot imagine a scenario in which the Gunners would allow him to leave, with the exception of a club record offer arriving on their doorstep.

Given Barcelona's financial difficulties, we doubt they'll be able to make such a deal if we were advising them this summer, we'd suggest moving onto the other names on their shortlist.

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