Arsenal have allegedly been dealt a blow in their long-running pursuit of Ruben Neves with Barcelona aiming to prise the star away from Wolves.
The Sun reported last month how the Gunners were readying a summer swoop for the Portuguese midfielder as part of a transfer overhaul.
It is said that the 25-year-old former Porto captain is seen as a potential successor for Granit Xhaka.
The Switzerland international is claimed to be a target for Jose Mourinho’s Roma once again with the Special One desperate to secure his signature having failed to nab him in 2021.
But Spanish media report that the North London giants could miss out on Ruben’s signature to the Blaugrana.
According to Sport, the boss Xavi has identified Neves as the long-term replacement to Sergio Busquets.
They state that the La Liga club would have to shell out at least £35m in order to tempt Bruno Lage’s side into selling.
The news outlet also says that the club president Joan Laporta has a good relationship with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes.
Barcelona are known to boast great relations with the Midlands club with the two teams involved in a host of transfers in recent windows.