The 17 year old is seen as one of the Catalan giants’ finest emerging stars, and has been tipped to make a big impact at the club for some time. The striker has been scoring goals for fun in the Barcelona youth set up, winning three senior caps for Paraguay in the process.
The Paraguayan forward has also attracted attention from Italian side Roma but it seems like Arsenal have stolen the march on their rivals.
Sanabria’s agent, Raul Verdu has revealed they are already in advanced talks with Arsenal and hopes for a positive result next week. He said :
Our contacts with Arsenal are advanced and I expect a solution in the next week.
The Gunners will also have to gain clearance from the Football Association and the Royal Spanish Football Federation, but they are prepared to meet Barcelona officials next week to complete the move. They are likely to only have to pay compensation of around £300,000.
He is set to follow in a long line of players to quit Barcelona for Arsenal as the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral have all done the same.
Sanabria was born in San Lorenzo, Paraguay and started his career in futsal, later moving to football. He joined Cerro Porteno’s youth academy in 2004 and in 2007 moved to Spain where the talented youngster joined a local club from Sitges. He moved to FC Barcelona’s youth academy in 2009, aged 13 and a year later he moved to La Masia’s facilities.
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He has only recently been promoted to the Catalan clubs B side that plays in the Segunda Liga, Spanish football’s second tier. He excelled for the Juvenil A team last season, where his work ethic and professionalism have impressed even former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova but was unable to get into the first team.
He is undoubtedly a very rare, physical talent who is a strong runner and is skilful with the ball at his feet. He’s got the pace and is known for scoring from range and for fantastic solo goals. He has the technical ability to slot into Arsenal’s slick, passing style of football.
He is clearly a player with a bright future and under the guidance of Wenger, the highly sought after teen will definitely flourish. He will offer Arsenal further options up front, although the teenager may well be loaned out to gain some top tier experience before settling into the first team set-up.
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