Real Madrid's pursuit of the Primera Division title is holding up the conclusion of the Julio Baptista-Jose Antonio Reyes swap deal.

The Spaniard was loaned to the Bernabeu side at the start of this season with the Brazilian moving in the opposite direction in a similar arrangement. Arsène Wenger suggested a decision over their sale or return would be made at the end of April however, on Sunday, the Premiership season reaches at conclusion and still nothing has been sorted out.

"At the moment Real Madrid are still fighting for the championship so it's hard to organise a meeting," said the Arsenal manager at his press conference ahead of the Portsmouth game.

"We have not been officially informed about what they want to do with Reyes and we have not officially informed them about Baptista.

"I've not spoken to Reyes but it's unlikely he will come back because he expressed his desire to stay in Spain. Maybe he will stay in Madrid, I don't know. But it could be Baptista's last game [on Sunday] if we don't sign him."

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11 May 2007