Date: 6th February 2012 at 4:30pm
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Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dismissed rumours claiming the champions have held talks with over a potential move for striker Robin van Persie.

The 28-year-old’s current deal with the expires in 2013 and with no signs of the Dutchman signing a new contract with the club anytime soon, speculation over his long-term future at the remains in serious doubt.

Several reports claimed Barcelona had spoken to over a potential move for the in-form Gunner in the summer.

However, the Spanish giants have since denied any contact with the Premier League club or the player’s agent:

Speaking after Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over on Saturday, Bartemou said:

‘Nothing exists with RVP.

‘It’s rumours that appear in the papers. We’ve not contacted Arsenal, nor his agent.’

He finished off by saying the club are more focused on the Liga and Copa del Rey rather than potential transfers this summer:

‘Our focus is now on the Liga and Copa del Rey. It’s necessary to be focused on the task at hand and not be distracted by the market.’

It will be interesting to see how this story develops at the end of the season.

Watch this space.

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