Arsenal target Antonio Sanabria has verbally agreed a deal with another club after deciding to quit Barcelona, according to reports in El Mundo Deportivo.
The Paraguayan striker is regarded as one of the brightest talents from the prestigious La Masia academy and the striker has been scoring goals for fun in the Barcelona youth set up, winning three senior caps for Paraguay in the process.
The future of the starlet has been up in the air in recent weeks after he rejected the chance to extend his contract at Barcelona in early November and it has now been revealed that Sanabria has rejected a second offer from officials at the Nou Camp and has decided that his future lies elsewhere.
The report suggests the 17 year old has already verbally agreed to join another club and the favourites to land his signature are Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and AS Roma. The Gunners, along with the Italian club are prepared to pay €3 million to secure the player in January in a deal that could rise to €4 m or €5 million.
Sanabria has managed to find the back of the net on five occasions in his 15 matches in all competitions, and it is those kind of attacking numbers that have encouraged the Premier League leaders to keep close tabs on the 17 year old of late.
Wenger was first made aware of the striker’s impressive talents by his scouting department and it was earlier reported to that the Gunners transfer deal maker Dick Law was in Spain last week to convince Sanabria and his family that the Emirates is the best place for the next step in his career.
Arsenal, of course, have a recent history when it comes to luring young talent away from Camp Nou, with the likes of Jon Toral, Hector Bellerin, Cesc Fabregas and Fran Merida all having made the switch to the English capital in the past.
He is undoubtedly a very rare, physical talent who is a strong runner, fast and skilful with the ball at his feet. He’s got a thing for scoring from range and for fantastic solo goals. He is lightning fast, and has the technical ability to slot into Arsenal’s slick, passing style of football. He will be an exciting prospect for the future and could develop well under the tutorship of Wenger.
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