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Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola has confirmed that the Blaugrana are pursuing Russian prodigy Andrei Arshavin.

Seydou Keita was revealed to the press on Thursday afternoon but the media seemed more keen on the Russian playmaker who has been stealing all the headlines in Spain as he seems destined to move to Camp Nou.

Txiki Begiristain tried to steer away from the subject but Gurdiola, who wants the player in his side, just couldn’t resist the temptation to talk about one of Europe’s most-sort after players.  

“All the players that we have been linked with are high calibre,” Guardiola told Sport.  

“Arshavin is having an extraordinary European Championship and he is one of the player’s that we are following."

There have been suggestions that Barcelona will drop their interest in Alexander Hleb if they sign the Russian, but Guardiola insists that need not be the case.

“I am sure that all great players are compatible and Arshavin would get along fine with Hleb," he said.

“There is no denying it, Arshavin is a great player. If one day he becomes a Barcelona player then we will talk further about him but for now there’s no point talking as he is not our player.”  

The Blaugrana are currently in the process of strengthening their side and Arshavin would be a welcome addition in midfield given the likelihood of a Deco exit.  

Salvatore Landolina      

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