Barcelona and Arsenal in talks over Keira Walsh fee

  • Arsenal closing in on signing of Keira Walsh
  • Midfielder could leave Barcelona after successful two-year stint in Catalonia
  • Barca in line to bring in Laia Aleixandri from Man City
Walsh could leave Barcelona
Walsh could leave Barcelona / Crystal Pix/MB Media/Getty Images

Keira Walsh is edging closer towards a move to Arsenal from European champions Barcelona, sources have told 90min.

The England international signed for the Catalan side from Manchester City in September 2022 in a world-record deal believed to be worth £350,000.

News of Arsenal making a move for the midfielder first broke at the end of last week, with Walsh entering the final year of her contract at Barca.

Sources have told 90min that should Walsh be sold, Barcelona would look to recoup as much of their original transfer fee as possible in a bid not to lose out financially, but there is no suggestion Arsenal will pay close to the original fee because Walsh only has a year left on her deal.

90min understands that the Gunners have been working behind the scenes on a move for Walsh for months and have been waiting for the right time to initiate club-to-club contact.

Alexia Putellas, Jana Fernandez, Keira Walsh
Walsh has been hugely successful with Barcelona / Pedro Salado/GettyImages

The move would seriously benefit Arsenal, whose midfield took a hit earlier this month after Victoria Pelova was struck down with a ruptured ACL while playing for the Netherlands.

Arsenal were targeting Walsh long before this happened, but Pelova's injury gives them an extra incentive to bring in an experienced midfielder ahead of next season, and they could boast among some of the WSL's finest options in the middle of the park with Kim Little, Lia Walti and Kyra Cooney-Cross all at the club.

Barcelona are already lining up reinforcements in the event of Walsh's departure. The midfielder's potential exit from their squad is expected to unlock the transfer of versatile Man City star Laia Aleixandri.

The Spain international has been with the Cityzens since 2022, following her move from Atletico Madrid.