Speculation continues to build that Arsenal will soon complete a move for Barcelona’s 17-year-old striker Antonio Sanabria.
Educated at La Masia, the youngster has already scored twice for Barcelona’s B team and even has three full international caps to his name for his native Paraguay.
Arsene Wenger is believed to have had scouts watching Sanabria for quite some time and with the teenager recently rejecting a new contract at the Nou Camp he’s offered the starlet a chance to follow the path taken by Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida, Hector Bellerin, Jon Toral and most recently, Julio Pleguezuelo.
While Barcelona aren’t best pleased with the Gunners intentions, Sanabria’s agent Raul Verdu confirmed this week: “Our contacts with Arsenal are advanced and I expect a solution in the next week.”
A raw prospect rather than finished article (see Sanogo), Sanabria’s potential capture would represent a long-term project rather than immediate solution to the lack of back-up to Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal will likely have to shell out £300,000 in compensation to Barcelona, which we can just deduct from what they still owe us for Alex Song.