Arsenal back in pole position for Paraguayan wonderkid - report

According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal have leapt out in front of Roma in the race for Antonio Sanabria’s signature.

The 17-year-old sensation is known to desire a move elsewhere in an effort to attain first team football, as he is regularly fielded for Barcelona’s B side but is eager to make the jump to the top level.

A release clause in his contract believed to be as low as £2.5m has given him the opportunity to make an exit, whilst simultaneously attracting interest from all around Europe due to his affordability, especially in light of his considerable talent.

Di Marzio has maintained that Roma, in need of a pure striker to make a run at the Serie A title, submitted an official offer to the Catalan giants earlier this week with sporting director Walter Sabatini on standby to make the trip to Spain if necessary.

However as negotiations reached an advanced stage on Wednesday evening and the Giallorossi looked increasingly likely to complete a deal for the Paraguay international, Arsenal and Chelsea established contact to express interest in the striker, with the Gunners’ resolve particularly strong.

Sanabria is reportedly quite drawn to the Emirates outfit due to the allure of the Premier League and boss Arsene Wenger’s penchant for launching the careers of young players, the French tactician remaining keen on capturing the teenager having been a longtime admirer of his.

And per Di Marzio, Arsenal have tabled a bid to counter Roma’s offer for the adolescent forward, though the financial details of each tender remain unknown, in an effort to demonstrate serious intent.

The north London outfit have in turn jumped ahead of the Italian capital club to the front of the queue for Sanabria, with Chelsea remaining a factor in the background, however nothing is yet concrete and the situation still remains open.

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