Transfer news: Arsenal planning move for Barcelona ace Sergi Roberto - reports

Arsenal eye Barca youngster as Wenger travels to Spain to scout the midfielder

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Premier League leaders Arsenal are planning an offer for Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto after Arsene Wenger was reportedly spotted watching him in action during the Copa Del Rey clash with Levante.

The Gunners manager, also spotted at Heathrow Airport the same morning, was photographed in the stands during Barca’s cup game and reports in Spain claim he was there to watch highly-rated Roberto.

A graduate of the club's famed academy, the 21-year-old has struggled to break into a midfield which still includes Iniesta, Xavi, Lionel Messi.

The Metro report that the cultured and stylish midfield dynamo fits the bill of a classic Wenger player, and the Frenchman appeared to be impressed during the match.

Roberto is valued at £6m and he has made no secret of the fact he would quit the La Liga leaders if he was guaranteed first-team football.

Meanwhile Wenger is set to make one last attempt to sign Schalke star Julian Draxler this month - despite initially appearing willing to wait until the summer.

It was rumoured yesterday that Wenger would be willing to let Lukas Podolski go in the opposite direction.

Representatives of the North London club are due to travel to Germany to discuss an immediate transfer for Schalke's £30m-rated midfielder.