Sanabria remains on the Gunners’ wish list but it’s still unknown where the South American will go.
The future of Barcelona starlet Tonny Sanabria remains in the balance as Arsenal and AS Roma lead the chase for the highly rated youngster, reports Catalan publication Sport.
It’s seems pretty clear that the 17-year-old will not stay at the Nou Camp, with Roma apparently leading the favourites to sign the Paraguayan.
However, the Gunners are determined not to miss out, particularly after the success the north London club had when they last poached a youth player from Barca – Cesc Fabregas.
The side’s chief executive Richard Law has made it clear to the Spanish champions that the side will have the paperwork ready for when a deal for Sanabria can be struck.
There has also been contact with the teenager’s father and agent, Raul Verdu, in a bid to convince the family that a switch to England would be the best choice.
Sanabria has interested the London club for several months and the family of the forward were shown around the facilities at the Emirates Stadium, in a bid to convince them the South American should switch there.
Manager Arsene Wenger’s history with nurturing young talent into world-class stars should also be a big influence, with Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie having been past products of this.
The Paraguay international has enjoyed a steady rise to fame in Catalonia and is currently in the B team, which competes in Spain’s Segunda Liga.
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