Last Updated: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:07
Arsenal's hopes of signing Victor Valdes and David Villa have been dashed after Barcelona ruled out selling either player this summer.
The Spanish duo have reportedly been on Arsene Wenger's radar for some time, with striker Villa a target for the Gunners during the last January transfer window.
On that occasion Barca denied the north London club permission to speak to the 31-year-old, who has grown increasingly frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities at the Nou Camp.
Despite signing Brazilian forward Neymar, the La Liga champions are still reluctant to sell Villa and club president Sandro Rosell says he doesn't expect Spain's all-time leading scorer to join Arsenal this year.
"Until somebody says the opposite, David Villa will remain a Barcelona player," Rosell told reporters.
Barca keeper Valdes has also been strongly tipped to move to Arsenal this year after announcing he wouldn't be signing a new contract with the Blaugrana.
The Spanish shot stopper has since said he plans to stay with the Spanish giants until his current deal expires next summer and Barca claim they have recieved assurances he won't go back on his word and move on this year.
"Valdes' agent has officially informed our director of football, Andoni Zubizarreta, that Victor intends to see out his current contract, which we are pleased to hear," Rosell added.
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