Sevilla warn Arsenal
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal could find themselves in trouble in their attempts to sign Julio Baptista.Arsenal could find themselves in trouble in their attempts to sign Julio Baptista after the Brazilian suggested the club had made an illegal approach for him.
The Gunners have made the Sevilla forward their top summer transfer target and have already had one bid rejected by the Spanish club.
Baptista seems set to leave Sevilla this summer after turning down a new deal with Sevilla.
A number of clubs have expressed an interest in the powerful attacker, but Arsenal are hoping to lure him to Highbury.
However, The Gunners could be in trouble with Fifa for meeting with Baptista even though they were not given permission to do so by Sevilla.
"They (Arsenal) met me, but they only met me," said Baptista.
"They came just to meet me, but it was only that.
"We spoke about football. [Arsene] Wenger wanted to get to know me as a person and he talked to me about Arsenal and his team."
Baptista's revelations have upset Sevilla and club president Jose Maria Del Nido has admitted they are considering making a complaint to Fifa about what they believe could be a breach of rules by Arsenal.
"Arsenal have not been given permission to have contact with the player," commented Del Nido.
"If they have done this, they have acted outside Fifa regulations."
Meanwhile, reports in England have claimed that the rival Premiership club who have matched Arsenal's bid for Baptista is Tottenham.
Del Nido revealed earlier this week that a mystery English club had tabled a bid for Baptista, along with Arsenal.
It has now been suggested that the mystery bid has come from Arsenal's local rivals Spurs with Martin Jol hoping to get one over The Gunners by taking Baptista to White Hart Lane instead of Highbury.