Barcelona sports chief Txiki Begiristain has opened talks with Arsenal midfielder Alex Hleb, it has been revealed.

El Mundo Deportivo says Begiristain made a whirlwind stop in Kaiserslautern, Germany, yesterday to meet with Hleb, where he is training with Belarus.

Begiristain opened face-to-face talks with Hleb, who is a priority target for new Barca coach Pep Guardiola.