The Gunners look to raid Barca’s youth academy once again.
Barcelona youngster Antonio Sanabria is a summer transfer target for Arsenal as they look to recreate the success the club had with Cesc Fabregas, according to the Mirror.
The Gunners snapped up Fabregas from the Nou Camp when the midfielder was just 16-years-old, with the Spaniard going onto become one of the world’s best and rejoining the Catalans eight years later for £29.9m.
The 17-year-old Paraguayan is regarded as one of the most promising talents in a famously prolific youth academy at Barca that has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Sanabria recently starred at the under-20 World Cup in Turkey with Paraguay, impressing onlookers with some fine displays and further enhancing his reputation in Catalonia.
Arsenal would have to act quickly to snap up the teenager however as with the striker’s reputation growing greatly his price will be doing the same.
The La Liga champions have become more aware of letting their young, raw talent leave for the Premier League before they have fully matured on more than one occasion though and will be wary not to make the same mistake again.
Along with Fabregas being re-signed for over 10 times the price, Gerard Pique was also brought back to the Spanish coast four years after having departed for Manchester United.
However, on that occasion the four-time European champions didn’t lose as much money as the Fabregas deal, but the principle of having to bring back previously discarded players does not sit well.