According to the Spanish press Elgoldigital, Spartak Moscow’s Brazilian midfielder Romulo Borges is willing to snub the attentions of Arsenal and Liverpool and hold out for a move to Barcelona.
The 23-year-old has become hot property across Europe following a number of high-profile performances as a holding midfielder.
Regarded for his ability to break up the play and initiate attacks from deep positions, Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool have both taken a reported interest in acquiring his services this summer.
Arsene Wenger will be keen to bolster his midfield options as a lack of competition to the aging Mikel Arteta has caused his tired side a number of problems this season.
Liverpool, likewise, have had to deal without the services of the previously injured defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva and beyond the Brazilian, the Reds are thin on natural replacements.
With his contract set to expire in 2016, Romulo is valued at €6m by transfermarkt and he would represent a very good deal at that price.
Unfortunately for Wenger and Brendan Rodgers, however, it appears Romulo Borges is holding out for a move to La Liga giants Barcelona.
The Catalans have recently been placed under a 14-month transfer embargo, though this may be contested and reversed in time for Barcelona to add some much-needed reinforcements to their squad.
Barcelona’s director of football Andoni Zubizarreta has reportedly been keeping a watchful eye on the Spartak Moscow star, and if the Spanish press is to be believed, he would favour a move to the Nou Camp and is willing to wait for their transfer ban to be either overturned or served before making any major decisions.