Arsenal face competition from Barcelona for Athletic Bilbao keeper Gorka Iraizoz

06 October 2010 04:06
Consistent: Arsenal are crying out for a reliable keeper, and Gorka Iraizoz could fit the bill

Arsenal's chances of signing Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz could founder on Barcelona's search for back-up to Victor Valdes.

The Gunners' Spanish scouts have been impressed with Iraizoz's consistent displays as Arsene Wenger mulls his troublesome goalkeeping situation.

Fulham No 1 Mark Schwarzer looks most likely to sign on at the Emirates Stadium in January, but the Craven Cottage hierarchy resisted all bids in the summer and may dig their heels in again when the transfer window reopens.

Iraizoz, 29, is in the final year of his contract and could be available for a knockdown fee, which has also attracted Barca.

There is concern at the Nou Camp that the only quality cover for Valdes is 34-year-old Jose Manuel Pinto, whose days at the club are numbered.

The champions of Spain are interested in brilliant Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea, but a deal for the 19-year-old would be expensive and competition comes in the shape of Manchester United.

Rather than buying a direct rival for 28-year-old Valdes, reports in Spain say Barca will instead turn to either Iraizoz or Real Sociedad's Chile international Claudio Bravo as back-up for their first choice. 

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Source: Daily_Mail

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