Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hleb Set to Leave Arsenal

MADRID (Reuters) - Arsenal's Belarus midfielder Aleksandr Hleb will arrive in Spain on Wednesday to take a medical ahead of completing a move to Barcelona, the Primera Liga club said on their website (

The 27-year-old has been a long-term target for Barcelona and arrives the day after they agreed to sell Brazilian Ronaldinho to AC Milan.

Spanish media reported a deal has already been agreed with Arsenal for 15 million euros (12 million pounds), with a further three million dependent on results.

Hleb will become the Catalan side's fifth signing of the close season as they continue to rebuild the team under new coach Pep Guardiola after two years without silverware.

They have already landed Uruguay defender Martin Caceres, former youth team defender Gerard Pique, Brazil full back Daniel Alves and Mali midfielder Seydou Keita.

Hleb has made it clear he wants leave Arsenal despite having two years left on his contract, and will help add to Barca's attacking potential.

Barca have said to complete their squad they wanted an attacking midfielder, a wide player and a number nine.

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been linked as a possible front man to replace Samuel Eto'o, who has been told he is surplus to requirements.

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