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Barcelona planning to hijack Arsenal target Etienne Capoue

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The two most beautiful football playing clubs in the world today, Barcelona and Arsenal, are set to battle it out for French midfielder Etienne Capoue in their bid to strengthen the center of the park. The Toulouse star is believed to be available for £9.5 million with his French club ready to cash in on their player.

TalkSPORT reports that Arsenal had identified the 23 year old as their much needed reinforcement in midfield after dropping interest in initial target Yann M'Vila. The reason for the switch is thought to be the latter's poor disciplinary record which saw him be a big part of the French national team bust up at the European Championships and also find himself behind bars three times in the past two years.

Moving back to Capoue, the youngster is very much in the same mould as Yann M'Vila, arguably not as accomplished a player yet, but having the same energy and work ethic so vital for a player who plays in the heart of midfield.

However, with Barcelona also joining the race, it would be mightily difficult for Arsenal to persuade the powerful youngster to join a team that is about to lose its top player in place of a Barcelona squad having players like Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andreas Iniesta amongst others. The Catalan's club new boss Tito Vilanova is keen to snap up the Frenchman after midfielder enforcer Seydou Keita left for Chinese club Dalian Aerbin.

But, regular first team football is a place where Arsenal are much ahead. The skillful talent would obviously want to play every week and that is more likely to happen at the Emirates. Also, he is a much cheaper option that M'Vila which is sure to interest Wenger.

The player has a great option to either join an ever-increasing French contingent at Arsenal or to play in a dream Barcelona team and it will be interesting to be see which he chooses.