Victor Valdes has been linked with an exit from Barcelona for several months, after the goalkeeper said he wanted to try a new adventure away from the La Liga winners.
But in recent weeks speculation had grown that the stopper could remain at the club, with figures in the Barcelona hierarchy trying to persuade him to stay.
Now Spanish newspaper Marca has claimed that Valdes has made his final decision on his future - That he will leave Barcelona this summer.
At the top of their report, the paper hints that he could be on his way to the Gunners.
"Arsenal could be the destination for the Spain international, but first the London club must come to an agreement with Barcelona."
No other clubs are mentioned in the report, hinting that Arsenal's interest is the most serious in the 31-year-old compared to any other side fleetingly linked to the goalkeeper.
Arsenal are hunting for a goalkeeper to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny next season, with him preferred against Wigan to injury-prone Lukasz Fabianski, who is expected to leave when his contract runs down this summer.
The Gunners were claimed to have had a bid for Portuguese international Rui Patricio turned down earlier this week, and have also been linked with Bundesliga based Rene Adler and Sven Ulreich.
In the Premier League Simon Mignolet, Asmir Begovic and even Pepe Reina have been linked inwards, but Valdes certainly has more star quality than any of his competitors, being the only one able to boast of being a Champions League winner, a multiple one at that.
Clearly any deal is a way off, but if Arsenal were waiting for the green light that Valdes had decided to leave Barcelona, they may just have got it.
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