Beast eyes Barcelona
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sevilla striker Julio Baptista is considering a move to Barcelona.Sevilla striker Julio Baptista could be considering a move to Spanish champions Barcelona.
The Brazilian marksman is a top target of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, but Baptista is keen to remain in Spain in order to obtain an EU passport.
"I am not discarding anything, all is possible," Baptista told COM Radio.
"My agent and I are clear on what is important and that is to have an EU passport.
"I have just one year to go before I stop being a foreigner. I need to remain here one year longer in Spain and after that I will think about what to do.
"I know of the interest from Arsenal, they had in mind to make a proposal to Sevilla and they talked to my agent, but what happens has to be of benefit to both sides."
Sevilla have already turned down an offer from The Gunners, but Barca boss Frank Rijkaard could launch a bid for the powerful hit-man.
The 23-year-old, known as 'The Beast', seems to be considering a switch to Camp Nou.
"Barca is a great club, everyone knows about the way they play and you have to congratulate them for that.
"They have formed a great team with great players like Ronnie (Ronaldinho). With the quality of Ronnie it is very easy to play next to him."
Sevilla's failure to reach the UEFA Champions League last term could be a factor in Baptista opting to leave, and Barca would seem to be the ideal place so he could also remain in Spain.
"This year I would have liked a lot for the team to qualify for the Champions League but it did not happen.
"At the moment I am fine at Sevilla but I have to think about myself and consider the teams that are interested in me."